02/12/2013 10:05 EST | Updated 04/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan readies municipal recycling plan, shifts costs to industry

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.

He expects recycling programs would divert about 40 per cent of household waste into recycling channels.

That would amount to about 112,000 tonnes of material per year that wouldn't end up in landfills.

The final plan is to be presented to the Wall government by Aug. 6 for approval.(CJWW)