In August 2016, the provincial government approved The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations. First Sellers are now responsible for managing and financing a government approved recycling program for grain bags.

What is a First Seller?

In the regulation, a “first seller” means a person who:

(a) is a manufacturer, distributor, owner or licensee of intellectual property rights of an agricultural packaging product that is sold, offered for sale or otherwise distributed into or in Saskatchewan;

(b) is a vendor of an agricultural packaging product outside of Saskatchewan and who, as an ordinary part of his or her business, sells agricultural packaging products to consumers in Saskatchewan;

(c) imports agricultural packaging products into Saskatchewan for resale in Saskatchewan; or

(d) purchases agricultural packaging products outside of Saskatchewan for use in Saskatchewan;

What does a first seller need to do?

First sellers have two options to meet the regulation:

  • operate their own government approved program, or
  • join an organization like Cleanfarms that has developed an approved program to meet the requirements of the regulation.

I would like to be part of Cleanfarms. What do I need to do?

You need to become a Cleanfarms member and adhere to financial and administrative obligations.

Click here for more information.

I’m still not sure if I’m a first seller. I buy bags from Company XYZ and resell them.

The company you are purchasing from may have already taken on the required obligations on your behalf.

Several of Saskatchewan’s leading companies have already signed up with Cleanfarms, and provided in-kind support throughout the development process:

  • Canadian Tarpaulin Manufacturers Ltd.
  • FLAMAN Group of Companies

If you purchase your grain bags through the companies listed above or another registered first seller, the registered member has taken on these responsibilities on your behalf.