This program is funded through an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) that is applied on the sale of all grain bags.

The EHF is not a refundable deposit and is subject to applicable taxes. It came into effect on November 1, 2018.

The EHF is collected by companies that sell grain bags and remitted to Cleanfarms. It is used to fund the collection, transportation and responsible recycling of grain bags.

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 was the program funded prior to November 1, 2018?

Funding for the 2018 grain bag recycling program was provided, in part, by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture through the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 initiative.