Recycling Bin Spin

From page A2 in today’s StarPhoenix:

Sask. readies recycling plan

REGINA — Saskatchewan plans to shift the cost of municipal recycling programs from taxpayers to industry and consumers.

Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says under the policy, industry would be required to cover 75 per cent of the cost of recycling programs.

But then it is expected that industry would pass those costs along to consumers through price increases.

The final plan is to be presented to the government by Aug. 6 for approval.

My neighbourhood was among the first to receive its mandatory blue bin even though I didn’t ask for it. It was supposed to come out in “early January 2013” but we didn’t get it until the end of the month, and we still haven’t received any information on the pickup schedule. We’re promised that we are to pay a low, low monthly fee of $4.66. And no one in government has ever broken a promise.



Considering the provincial government’s role in funding municipal recycling programs, how will this change under the new recycling policy?

According to a recent government-sponsored consultation paper, total municipal waste consists about about 10% of potentially recyclable materials from residential units. Most of the rest of the recyclable materials in municipal waste (about 30%) would originate from industrial sources. Therefore, one could expect that most of this increase in recycling fees will be transferred from taxpayers to industries in the form of increased consumer costs, lost job opportunities, or lower margins.

Still, one could reasonably expect that the taxpayer subsidy anticipated by our municipalities would be shifted to the residents, e.g. me, and this should result in my low, low monthly fee to increase somewhat.

My residential waste produced monthly

Residential waste produced monthly at my house

I eagerly await a response from our municipal officials.

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