Consultations on Saskatchewan’s Recycling Program Transition

On March 31, 2023, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment updated the Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations, 2023, which call for a transition to a full Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model, whereby producers assume operational and financial responsibility for collecting and recycling packaging and paper products in Saskatchewan. A Program Plan, fully consulted on with stakeholders, must be submitted to the Ministry of Environment by September 27, 2023. 

Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) is pleased to provide the draft  Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Plan (“Program Plan”) for stakeholder feedback. The Program Plan describes the objectives, commitments and number of phases that will be implemented as the program transitions from a shared responsibility model to a system that is entirely managed and operated on behalf of producer members. 

MMSW is working together with Circular Materials, the national not-for-profit producer responsibility organization (PRO), to provide Saskatchewan residents and producers with the benefits of a nationally integrated approach to recycling.  Consultation on the draft Program Plan will take place between June 13 and August 13, 2023. Consultation sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about the draft Program Plan, ask questions and offer feedback. 

Interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to register for one or more in-person or virtual Program Plan consultation sessions between June 27 and July 11.Details on registration and how to provide feedback can be found at

Ermeltek Z-Row Recycling Systems Inc now called ZRow Recycling Systems Inc.


Delta, British Columbia Canada – Effective April 4th, 2023, Ermeltek Z-Row Recycling Systems Inc is changing its company name to ZRow Recycling Systems Inc. This reflects the company’s change in ownership structure, evolution and strategic direction as we continue to provide cutting-edge equipment solutions to our customers.

“We are excited about this new chapter in our company’s history,” said Chris Symonds of ZRow Recycling. “Our new name, ZRow Recycling Systems Inc, represents the departure of our founder, Bill Ermel, from the company and our goal of providing innovative and value-based solutions for our customers.

The change of name does not otherwise impact the company’s employees, or customers. ZRow Recycling Systems Inc. remains committed to providing excellent service and will continue to deliver innovative solutions to its customers.

“Our mission to provide companies with top-quality equipment and service solutions that minimizes downtime for their processes and empowers their business remains unchanged,” said Chris.

ZRow Recycling Systems Inc. brings a range of equipment and service solutions such as Macpresse balers, Taurus shear balers, Tecno wire chopping, CMB machine attachments, ZRow conveyors, Accent tier service & parts, with more equipment announcements in the coming weeks.

“Our new name is a fresh start and a reflection of where we are today and where we are going. It is also an affirmation of our commitment to our customers as we continue to grow and to stay relevant in a changing industry,” said Chris.

The new name, ZRow Recycling Systems Inc, and updated branding will be implemented on the company’s new website, social media, email communications, and other business materials.

About ZRow:

ZRow Recycling Systems Inc is a manufacturer, an equipment representative and a service solutions provider specializing in the Recycling Industries. Our mission is to provide top-quality and value-based solutions that enhance the businesses of our customers across North America.

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Contact Information:

ZRow Recycling Systems Inc
Delta, BC

Canadian Waste Exports to China

ECCC.China’s Prohibition ban.Dec14,2017.ENG

According to this notice, due to amendments made to the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) in 2016, waste and recyclable materials intended for export are required to be redefined as hazardous if the country to which it is being sent defines it as such. According to the notice from ECCC:

Under Canadian law, such waste or material will also be considered hazardous under the EIHWHRMR and will require an export permit under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 if China is the intended destination for that shipment. However, given that China has already announced its intention to ban the import of these wastes, it is likely that Canada would not be able to obtain the required consent from China to authorize such an export. In such a situation, shipments that proceed without proper permits will be considered unlawful exports. This means that, the exporter will be required to make all necessary arrangements to return the shipment to Canada or to an alternative destination and could be prosecuted under the Canadian Environmental Protection Acts, 1999 for violation of the provisions of the Act and the EIHWHRMR.