Could a bad program in Ontario be coming to Saskatchewan? Low prices for newsprint, paper and cardboard mean have left rural recycling programs stockpiling such products instead of selling them for profit. Apparently, the losses are around $700,000. Because there's a "possibility" of job losses, the recycling association is asking the premier for "emergency funding."
The Star-Phoenix reports,
The provincial government is aware of the crisis facing the [recycling] agencies, said Sam Ferris with the Environment Ministry's environmental protection branch. In the long term, the government is planning to create an industry recycling stewardship program where the companies and consumers that generate the waste contribute to the cost of recycling. That kind of program, already in operation in places such as Ontario, won't be ready to implement in Saskatchewan for at least another year. In the meantime, provincial officials plan to meet with the recycling agencies.
Saskatchewan could indeed learn a few things from Ontario--like how not to implement a program. Last July, Ontario's Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) recycling program got the go-ahead. Its increased fees ($100 million per year in phase one alone) made the CTF and recycling groups sore.