Recycling Deposit System

Res #: 32-01M
Number: 32
Year: 2001
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Environment

Resolution No. 32-01M

WHEREAS, recycling must be promoted to protect the environment and reduce waste disposal costs; and

WHEREAS, a deposit system is a proven method to encourage recycling;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM request the Provincial Government implement a refundable deposit system, rather than a non-refundable surcharge system, for items such as used oil and oil containers, used tires and pesticide containers.

Response from Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management:

For the past several years SERM has been successfully using a product stewardship model in developing recycling programs. The department has developed partnerships with industry groups in an attempt to help industry solve their waste diversion issues. As a result of these partnerships, industry has recognized their extended producers' responsibility and developed efficient and effective recycling programs for their materials. A deposit/refund platform for materials such as used oil and related products, scrap tires and pesticide containers, was not considered for several reasons. A deposit/refund system requires a legislated solution. Existing recycling programs enjoy a consistently high rate of return; there is no need to reconsider the platform for these programs.