2000 Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and Tetra Pak Canada celebrated
Waste Reduction Week (Oct 15-21) by sponsoring Saskatchewan’s fifth
Waste Minimization Awards ceremony on October 17th in Swift Current. The
Awards recognize waste minimization leadership by individuals,
non-profit organizations, municipalities, corporations and through
partnerships. The Honourable Buckley Belanger, Minister of Environment &
Resource Management, was on hand to present the awards (see photos at left).
The Individual award was presented to Ray Nolin of North Battleford. Ray
is the Program Coordinator at the Battlefords Envirotech Industries, a
division of the Battleford Trade & Education Centre. Ray has been both
personally and professionally interested in waste reduction for many
years. He has developed a recycling education program for the Battleford
schools. He is involved in the West Yellowhead Waste Resource Authority,
which is developing a waste management region in the North
Battleford/Maidstone area. Ray is a member of "The Stewards of Jackfish
and Murray Lakes", of the Watershed Board for the RM of Meota
(pronounced meeohta), and other environmentally concerned community
The Non-profit organization award went to Kipling Industries. Kipling
Industries started as a SARCAN depot in 1989 and has expanded to include
a used clothing, books and goods store, and a recycling operation. Each
year, they recycle 100 tonnes of cardboard and paper and about 10 tonnes
of glass, plastic and tin from Kipling and surrounding communities.
Kipling Industries is always looking for new ways to increase waste
reduction and recycling.
The Municipal award was presented to the Town of Wilkie. Wilkie has been
recycling newsprint, cardboard, mixed paper and tin cans since 1995.
Wilkie’s composting program was one of the first in the province and has
been going since the early 90s. The town picks up yard materials door to
door three times a year and allows residents to drop off materials the
rest of the time. Finished compost is used for town projects and given
away to residents. In 2000, Wilkie adopted a tag-a-bag program for
residential and commercial waste, closed their landfill and established
a transfer station. The town estimates that these programs have reduced
their waste by more than fifty percent!
The Corporate Leadership award for 2000 goes to XPotential Products in
Regina. XPotential manufactures Impact-Posts and Impact-Curbs from 100%
recycled materials - a combination of automobile shredder residue and
post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. XPotential diverts about 26
million pounds of waste from landfills every year. Their process can use
off-spec and mixed plastics, giving a home to some very difficult to
recycle materials. In addition, their products provide a durable
alternative to wood and will reduce pressure on our forests. At the end
of their long lives, XPotential’s products can be recycled again.
The Partnerships award recognizes
the necessity for all of us to work
together to achieve our waste reduction goals. This year’s award went to
the City of Yorkton and the Yorkton Branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities
Council. For the past several years, these two entities have cooperated
to offer the citizens of Yorkton and area a recycling program. In 2000,
more than 877,000 pounds of cardboard, 845,000 pounds of other paper,
and 32,000 pounds of tin, glass and plastic were recycled. Yorkton
citizens have also benefited from the recent additions of used oil
materials collection facilities and a computer recycling program.
All of the winners demonstrate a strong commitment to waste minimization
and have made our province a better place to live. We congratulate