Requiring clean out areas for elevators and fertilizer distributors

Res #: 7-21M
Number: 7
Year: 2021
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS there are currently many large elevators and fertilizer distributors located within RM’s and on RM roads; and
WHEREAS many of these facilities have closed their clean out areas for a variety of reasons; and
WHEREAS commodity haulers preferred method to clean out their truck boxes is to travel down roads with chutes open and tarps off; and
WHEREAS this is causing considerable expense to RM’s to try to control noxious weeds.
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to require elevators and fertilizer distributors to have clean out areas at their facilities as it is a cost of doing business.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

February 22, 2022

Regarding resolution 7-21M on clean out areas for agricultural commodities, section 26(4) of The Weed Control Act, requires that the owner or occupant of land to which a load is being delivered provides a reasonable opportunity to the driver of a truck to thoroughly clean that truck to prevent the movement of noxious and nuisance weeds.

In addition, section 33 of The Weed Control Act gives municipalities the authority to pass a bylaw to require that transport vehicles moving material that may contain noxious or nuisance weeds provide some type of containment to prevent the escape of those weeds. Under this provision, the bylaw may provide for fines of up to $5,000 for failure to comply with such a bylaw, and this fine is over and above any normal fines for offences under The Weed Control Act.

Hon. David Marit – Minister of Agriculture