First sellers are required to finance the cost of Saskatchewan’s grain bag recycling programming. Similar to other stewardship programs, this will be done through an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF).

Starting November 1, 2018, an EHF will be applied to each grain bag that a first seller sells or imports into Saskatchewan. This is not a refundable deposit.

The first seller will collect the EHF and remit it to Cleanfarms.

What is the EHF?

Grain bags are sold in various sizes and weights. The EHF has been determined on a per kilogram basis and is $0.25 per kilogram. It is applied to each size category (e.g. 9 x 200) based on the average weight of the bags in that size category.

The following EHFs will be applied starting November 1, 2018:

Size category (feet) EHF
9 x 200 $31.00
9 x 250 $37.00
9 x 300 $45.00
9 x 330 $48.00
10 x 200 $33.00
10 x 250 $42.00
10 x 300 $50.00
10 x 330 $58.00
10 x 400 $66.00
10 x 500 $82.00
12 x 250 $49.00
12 x 300 $61.00
12 x 400 $77.00
12 x 500 $99.00
14 x 500 $125.00

How was this calculated?

Simply put, Cleanfarms has taken the total program costs and divided this by the estimated volume of grain bags sold into Saskatchewan.

To learn more about how the EHF is calculated, please consult the government-approved Product Stewardship Program.

How will a first seller remit this fee to Cleanfarms?

Reporting and remittance will take place quarterly.

Rules related to reporting are available here.