Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) launched its program in Saskatchewan on January 1, 2016. This means businesses selling or distributing packaging and printed paper materials now share the responsibility with municipalities to finance the collection and recycling of household packaging and paper.
This approach to funding recycling programs is called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and is similar to the approach being taken in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
MMSW is a non-profit organization established to help obligated businesses meet their requirements under the Recycling Regulation. MMSW members include retailers, restaurants, importers, manufacturers, distributors or wholesalers and any organization that supplies packaged goods and/or paper and flyers to Saskatchewan residents.
MMSW is a legal entity in Saskatchewan with its own local office and staff, whose members help fund Saskatchewan municipalities that provide residents recycling of household packaging and paper.
MMSW is supported in its work by Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA). CSSA is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing support services to stewardship programs across Canada.
Allen Langdon, Managing Director, Western Canada
Prior to joining MMSW, Mr. Langdon was the Vice President, Sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 43,000 retail and online merchants. In his role at RCC, Mr. Langdon was responsible for coordinating a proactive industry agenda to address a wide range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, responsible sourcing, and animal welfare. Prior to this role, he held a similar position at Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD), as Vice-President Environment and West, where he oversaw the Association’s government relations activities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Mr. Langdon has previously sat as a Director for several stewardship agencies in Canada including Encorp Pacific, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA). Mr. Langdon is also the Managing Director of the Recycle BC (formerly MMBC) program that launched in May 2014.
Kelly G. Goyer, Director, Field Services
At the University of Saskatchewan, Kelly was named their first Waste Prevention Coordinator, where he achieved zero waste for the annual President’s Appreciation BBQ, installed solar powered waste and recycling receptacles, and conducted campus-wide audits to prepare for a new campus recycling program. He then moved to the City of Saskatoon where he assisted with implementing a municipal residential curbside recycling program. Kelly also served two consecutive terms on the board of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.
At his current role at Multi Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) as Director of Field Service, Kelly works to build strong relationships with municipalities and perform waste audits to ensure we are recycling efficiently and effectively. Kelly brings his personable, service-based leadership style to each and every task and is committed to better recycling in Saskatchewan.
MMSW has a dedicated board of directors bringing experience and expertise in operating stewardship programs. Their combined leadership and commitment to sustainability is invaluable in reaching MMSW’s goals.
John Coyne, VP, Legal and External Affairs, Unilever Canada Inc. (Board Chair)
Externally, John works closely with industry groups and other organizations. He is Chair of the board of Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and Advertising Standards Canada.
John is also well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, designed to help Unilever deliver its objective of growing the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive contribution to society. John is co-chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders.
Dale Botting, Independent Director
Debbie Baxter, Independent Director
MMSW is based in Saskatchewan with a local office and staff that manages the supply chain and promotional activities to engage residents around the recycling of waste packaging and paper (WPP).
Finance & Audit Committee:
- Debbie Baxter (Chair)
- Dale Botting
MMSW Industry Advisory Committee
MMSW established a multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee to serve as a forum through which Saskatchewan stakeholders are kept informed of MMSW’s activities and through which they can provide advice and feedback on core program initiatives. The members of the Advisory Committee volunteer their services to represent their specific constituency and bring issues from their group to Advisory Committee meetings.
The committee includes members reflecting the interests of urban and rural municipalities, regional waste management authorities and stewards. MMSW worked collaboratively with local government associations to select Advisory Committee members with qualifications and expertise as a guide:
- Up to two qualified representatives will be nominated by Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA);
- Up to two qualified representatives will be nominated by Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM);
- Up to two qualified representatives will be nominated by Association of Regional Waste Management Authorities of Saskatchewan (ARWMAS); and
- One qualified representative will be nominated by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.
The board appointed these nominees as well as up to three representatives from businesses that are stewards of residential waste packaging and paper. The steward representatives on the Advisory Committee will reflect the range of stewards participating in the MMSW program – brand owners and first importers resident in Saskatchewan, and voluntary stewards that are based outside of Saskatchewan.
The Advisory Committee meets up to four times per year.
MMSW Advisory Committee
Keith Matheson, Chair, Association of Regional Waste Management Authorities
Cheryl Coleman, Senior Tax Manager, Federated Co-operatives Limited
Julie Dickson, Director, Public Affairs and Corporate Services, Overwaitea Food Group
Steven Dribnenki, Policy & Legal Advisor, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association
Joanne Fedyk, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council
Al Heron, Director – West Central Region, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association
Anne Mathewson, Administrative Assistant, Association of Regional Waste Management Authorities
Libby Morin, Policy Analyst, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities
Judy Harwood, Director Division 5, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities