Res #: 40-16A
Number: 40
Year: 2016
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS the cost of maintaining and operating landfills is increasing every year; and

WHEREAS incineration is a viable option that is not being considered;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM negotiates an agreement with the Ministry of Environment to  allow municipalities to operate incinerators.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

June 7, 2016

The ministry continues to work with SARM to ensure information regarding incineration (or the burning of waste) is being provided to its members. We are currently working on communication items for Rural Municipalities to provide to rate payers.

Municipal incineration might be a feasible waste management option in Saskatchewan. A municipality planning to operate a municipal waste incinerator is required to submit an Environmental Protection Plan (EPP), which must be certified by a Qualified Person under The Environmental Management and Protection Act 2010 (EMPA) and the Industrial Source (Air) Chapter of the Saskatchewan Environmental Code. EMPA defines an EPP as a conceptual plan that outlines the overall environmental management of a municipal incinerator.

Companies selling incinerators to municipalities are required to provide environmental performance evidence, such as stack and residual ash test data, for the ministry’s review prior to
the purchase of an incinerator. Municipalities are encouraged to complete the online environmental self-assessment to minimize barriers through this process ( A preliminary assessment of the expected impacts of the proposed incineration project will help
identify whether a project is likely to be considered a development under The Environmental Assessment Act.

The Honourable Herb Cox – Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment