Saskatchewan residents now have more safe disposal solutions for hazardous household products
Safely managing these leftover products helps protect our environment and preserve landfill space.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Regina, S.K.— Saskatchewan’s new Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Product Stewardship Program launched April 1, 2021, providing residents with a safe and environmentally friendly solution for disposing and recycling of these products once they no longer have use for them.
The program is operated by Product Care Recycling—a non-profit association that operates programs for the responsible management of household hazardous products like domestic pesticides, toxics, corrosives, and flammable liquids in compliance with regulations issued by the Government of Saskatchewan.
“These products should never be thrown in the trash or poured down the drain as they can contaminate our lands and waterways and take up valuable landfill space,” said Mark Kurschner, president, Product Care Recycling. “We’re glad to see our household hazardous waste stewardship program expand into Saskatchewan and look forward to working with our provincial and municipal partners to offer a safe disposal solution in as many communities as possible.”
“We know the needs and expectations of Saskatchewan people are changing, especially when it comes to recycling programs,” Saskatchewan’s Minister of Environment, Warren Kaeding said. “Product Care’s program will help significantly reduce the amount of household hazardous waste going into our landfills and sewer systems, thereby reducing the impact on our soils and water here in the province. This program supports the Government of Saskatchewan’s 10-year Growth Plan and reinforces our commitment to the well-being of the province and its people.”
Product Care will be working with municipalities and local governments to hold collection events where residents can drop off HHW products for free. Examples of accepted HHW products include automotive additives, grout cleaner, paint stripper, and non-refillable butane cylinders.
Once these products are dropped off at a collection event/recycling location, they are safely handled and managed in the most environmentally friendly way available. For more information on how specific products are managed, visit productcare.org/products/hhw/
Visit Product Care’s website for a list of accepted products and use the recycling locator tool to find a free collection event. Over time, the program aims to develop a network of permanent collection sites.
About Product Care Recycling:
Since 1994, Product Care Recycling has worked to protect the environment by providing free recycling locations for consumers to bring products like paint, household hazardous waste, lights, and smoke/ carbon monoxide alarms. As a Canadian not-for-profit, Product Care helps individuals and businesses reduce their waste, reuse when possible, and find the best recycling options for their products at end-of-life.
Product Care Recycling
Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Environment