News and Updates: June 2022

Reporting deadline reminder

Packaging and paper stewards are reminded that 2022 reports of 2021 data were due to be submitted to the WeRecycle Portal by May 31, 2022. Thank you to all who have submitted their reports. With the approval of simplified fee setting for the Ontario Blue Box, most stewards will not be required to submit material reports to Stewardship Ontario. Tools and information to assist reporting are available on the 2022 Reporting Resources webpage. National Steward Services is available to assist with any questions and will be contacting some stewards to validate report data.

Annual Steward Meeting – save the date

The 2022 Annual Steward Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at 1 pm ET. Invitations and details for the webinar event will be distributed in late summer.

Additional collection methods

Recycle BC continues to pilot alternative collection models to increase the recovery of materials, particularly plastics. In 2022, we continue to pilot various methods including mobile depots, third-party community collection events, pop-up collection events and a recently concluded curbside pilot for depot-only materials.

Material-specific education

Recycle BC often conducts targeted resident education to support collecting materials that that have not been historically accepted or may not be accepted in other programs, like plastic plant pots. Digital content and posts were shared to help capture this material in the May gardening season.


Nature Notices: Recycle Right

Recycle BC recently concluded a province-wide education campaign focused on encouraging residents to recycle right and ensure recyclables go in the correct bins or to the depot. The campaign used playful nature and animal-themed creative to deliver the message and share the positive impact residents can have on our environment.

Draft Regulation consultation

The Ministry of Environment is inviting feedback on its recent draft Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations. The draft regulations and a summary of proposed changes are available on the Saskatchewan government website. Feedback should be submitted by June 30, 2022.

Annual Information Reports

Collectors are submitting their annual information reports by June 30. The annual report is a key resource to help MMSW better understand the effectiveness and efficiency of Waste Paper and Packaging recycling in Saskatchewan and it includes updates to household counts that affect the program budget.

MMSM appoints new board chair and welcomes a new director

The MMSM Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of John Graham from Retail Council of Canada as Board Chair, as well as Ian Urquhart from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as a new director and Treasurer. A special thank you to both Neil Antymis and Heather Mitchell for their leadership over the years. Details about the directors and program governance are available here.

Full EPR Transition Plan updates

MMSM received initial feedback from the Department of Environment, Climate and Parks on its draft Transition Plan. The plan was revised based on that feedback and resubmitted to the Minister on June 3, 2022. You can find the revised draft Transition Plan here and the change log here. Please subscribe to the mailing list for updates if you have not done so already.

Promotion & Education

MMSM launched a new campaign in April to build awareness around the Recyclepedia web tool and mobile app. Ads encourage residents to “get the facts” and “say goodbye to guessing” by using the Recyclepedia. The campaign included print, online (Google Ad Words, digital advertisements, social media, and YouTube), outdoor (billboards and transit), radio, and television.

Municipal cost survey

The 2021 Cost Monitoring Survey process recently wrapped up and staff are analyzing the data. Once the costs and revenue data from the survey has been reviewed and verified, it will be used to calculate the municipal funding that is the primary component for material fee rates paid by stewards.

Newspaper In-Kind Advertising Program

The Newspaper In-Kind Advertising Program kicked off on January 1, 2022. Since the launch of the program, 15 communities have placed advertisements in their local papers to promote recycling and waste diversion.

Industry News

Canada Plastics Pact launches Golden Design Rules – CPP