Sask. recycling to incorporate more petroleum products

Recycling program in Saskatchewan expanding to include more petroleum products next year. Christine Villarin-Jarina / Getty Images

SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan government is expanding recycling programs in the province to include additional petroleum products and help the environment.

New regulations incorporate more petroleum products like antifreeze containers, diesel containers and filters to be recycled at Saskatchewan’s many collection points.

Acceptable oil/filters and used plastic oil container sizes will increase to 50 litres to reflect packaging changes.

“The expanded recycling program helps to prevent the illegal dumping of hazardous materials and extend the life of our municipal landfills,” said Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff.

“This program has the potential to divert over three million litres of antifreeze from traditional waste cycles, which is good news for our environment and for our quality of life.”

Under the new regulations, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers can recycle these additional petroleum products through the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation (SARRC) program.

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SARRC operates the province’s product management program for used oil/filters and other related products.

These changes to provincial recycling start in 2014.

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