People will soon be able to milk SARCAN for a little more cash.
Starting April 1, milk containers will be added to the provincial recycling program, allowing people to return them for a paid deposit.
The payout is a cool $0.25 per container. SARCAN will only accept milk containers with best before dates after April 1, 2017.
In a news release Wednesday, Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe said the move will increase recycling rates and keep the containers out of landfills.
Also starting April 1, deposits for certain container sizes will increase. It’s the first change to deposit amounts since 1992.
People can still choose to put milk containers in their curbside recycling bins, but will forfeit the deposit paid initially at the store.
Deposit containers collected in the curbside program get returned to SARCAN by municipal recycling contractors.
As with other beverage containers in the recycling program, milk containers will also be subject to an environmental handling fee of $0.06 for plastic containers, $0.07 for glass and $0.03 for aseptic and paper-based polycoat cartons.
SARCAN has a complete list of acceptable containers available on its website.
The province’s 2017-18 budget boosted funding for SARCAN’s parent organization – the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres – by $2.5 million compared to last fiscal year.
The total cost to the Saskatchewan government for 2017-18 is $26.6 million.