The long-awaited Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) is finally coming into effect in Saskatchewan.
The program has been bandied about by the ruling governments in Saskatchewan for roughly 10 years, and will begin on Jan. 1, 2016 for large businesses (businesses with over $5M in gross revenue).
MMRP will provide funding for the collection of recyclable material. In it, the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) will collect fees from participating businesses, based on their size. The fees will apply on products like printed paper, newsprint, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass packaging, and be charged on a per tonne basis. The money collected will then be reimbursed by MMSW to municipalities on a per capita basis to be used for the collection of waste paper and packaging.
A news release from the government indicates a working group has been set up during the transition to keep an eye on any changes that will need to be made to the program going forward.
“I am pleased to announce the launch of this recycling initiative that will preserve local landfills and encourage more communities to implement recycling programs,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said in the release. “After consulting with stakeholders, this revised program recognizes the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized business and addresses the needs of our municipalities.”
Program will make Regina recycling better
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere says the city will have to figure out how it can use the funding from the MMSW to enhance its current recycling program.
“It (will) stay with the recycling program in some way or another to enhance services to the citizens of Regina and so we can cover our costs as well.”
Fougere said he was thrilled to hear that the MMRP is finally coming into place, and says it’s a program vital for recycling in the province.
The city mayor’s caucus is meeting on Thursday; Fougere anticipates the meeting will give him a better idea of the amount of funding Regina can expect from the program.