REGINA, March 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff
today poured the first container of used antifreeze into a 205 litre
drum at Crown Shred & Recycling in Regina. This marks the start of the
province's latest recycling initiative that includes used antifreeze,
plastic antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers.
"Used antifreeze is toxic; dumping it can cause serious water quality
problems and harm people, pets and wildlife," said Minister
Cheveldayoff. "It's estimated that over two million litres of used
antifreeze are generated each year in Saskatchewan. The used antifreeze
materials, now part of the provincial used oil materials program, will
all be recycled and reused. Recycling antifreeze materials is cost
effective, saves resources and protects our quality of life and
The addition of used antifreeze materials increases the list of
recyclable petroleum products managed by the Saskatchewan Association
for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC). The Association currently operates
the provincially-approved, industry-led stewardship recycling program
for used oil, used oil filters and used plastic oil containers (up to
"We're ready to begin accepting used antifreeze materials." said Phil
Wrubleski, Executive Director, SARRC. "There are 35 purpose-built
EcoCentres* located throughout the province ready to accept these
materials along with the regular used oil materials. And we will be
expanding the number of collection points over the months to make it
easier for farmers, small businesses and do-it-yourselfers to recycle."
To fund the program, effective April 1st, SARRC's 180 members will add
an Environmental Handling Charge (EHC), similar to that on new
petroleum products, to the price of antifreeze (concentrate & pre-mix);
antifreeze containers (up to 50 litres) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)
containers (up to 50 litres). The EHC is not a government tax but a
user-pay levy, the sole source of funding for the recycling program.
SARRC manages the industry-led stewardship recycling program for used
oil, antifreeze, filters and plastic containers in Saskatchewan. The
program benefits the province in that it:
Promotes and facilitates the recovery of valuable, non-renewable
Protects the environment by diverting these toxic materials from
landfills and inappropriate areas such as fields, ditches and water
Creates new business and job opportunities in Saskatchewan.
Provides a single, comprehensive, cost-effective, sustainable and
province-wide program in harmony with similar programs in British
Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick.
For the locations of the nearly 200 collection points and materials
accepted, or information on how the program works, its members,
registered collectors/processors, visit www.usedoilrecyclingsk.com, http://mobile.usedoilrecyclingsk.com or call toll free 1-877-645-7275.
Image with caption: "L-R : Auntie Freeze, Minister Cheveldayoff, SARRC Executive Director Phil Wrubleski, Crown Shred CEO Jack Shaw, Mr. Oil Drop (CNW Group/Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140327_C7004_PHOTO_EN_38431.jpg
SOURCE: Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC)
For further information:
For more information, contact:
Phil Wrubleski, Executive Director,
Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC)
Tel: (306) 652-7217, Saskatoon
Cell: (306) 220-1095
Benchmark Public Relations
(306) 536-7367, Regina
*EcoCentres are located in Bengough, Biggar, Creighton/Flin Flon, Davidson, Esterhazy, Fort Qu'Appelle, Gravelbourg, Grenfell, Hudson Bay, Humboldt, Kindersley, La Ronge, Leader, Maple Creek (temporarily closed for relocation), Meadow Lake, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Nipawin, Outlook, Preeceville, Prince Albert, Redvers, Regina, Rosetown, Saskatoon, Shaunavon, Spiritwood, Swift Current, Unity, Watrous, Weyburn, Wynyard, Yorkton.