November 15, 2022
We are hiring!
Are you a team player with a creative mind that’s passionate about content creation? MMSM is looking for a full-time Communications Coordinator to join its team. Accompanied with excellent benefits like personal and professional development, RRSP match, a hybrid working model and more, we have the recipe for success.
Learn more and apply to be MMSM’s Communications Coordinator in the link below:
June 21, 2022
MMSM’s 2021 Annual Report is now live on our website. Highlights from the report include:
- 76,008,887 kg of packaging and printed paper was collected in 2021, with a recovery rate of 73.2%.
- MMSM paid $19,892,532 in funding to participating communities.
- 95% of Manitoba’s population has access to a residential recycling program.
The report can be accessed here.
April 5, 2022
Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (MMSM) is pleased to announce that following extensive consideration, it will be transitioning to Circular Materials (CM) as its primary service provider, effective January 1, 2023.
In July of 2021, MMSM was advised by Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA) that CSSA had entered into an agreement to sell its assets to Resource Recovery Alliance Inc., a for-profit corporation, solely owned and controlled by GFL Environmental Inc.
CSSA has provided analytical and administrative support services to MMSM since 2014. MMSM appreciates the high degree of professionalism and talents of the staff our organization works with daily.
With the sale of ownership of CSSA to GFL, the MMSM Board took several steps to assess the implications of the acquisition to ensure steward and municipal data would remain confidential and address conflict of interest concerns. MMSM also heard from many stewards who expressed that the organization’s primary service provider should be an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that is unaffiliated with the waste management sector.
As a result, MMSM conducted a review of potential alternatives and are now able to report our intent to transition to Circular Materials as our primary service provider over the coming months, and fully by January 1, 2023. CM is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated federally to support producers with meeting their obligations under extended producer responsibility across Canada. While CM operates as a producer responsibility organization (PRO) in some jurisdictions, their role in Manitoba will be as a service provider to MMSM.
MMSM will be striking a transition committee in the coming weeks to ensure a seamless transition that will continue to provide steward services and protect steward data.
Regular updates will be provided as we move forward, including plenty of notice of any operational changes that impact how you interact with our program. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or comments.
2021 - Full EPR Transition Plan
November 22, 2021
Following a comprehensive consultation process, MMSM submitted the draft Transition Plan to Minister Guillemard on November 17, 2021, outlining how it proposes to transition the current shared responsibility model for the delivery of residential recycling of packaging and printed paper to one that is fully operated and financed by industry.
The draft Transition Plan reflects the input received from stakeholders during consultations over the past five months. The process by which MMSM consulted with stakeholders and the input received is summarized in the Consultation Report.
MMSM would like to thank all stakeholders for their valuable input and looks forward to working with the Department of Conservation and Climate on more consultations in 2022.
June 1, 2021
MMSM is hosting an informational webinar that will provide an overview of EPR – its current and future state in Manitoba and across Canada. We encourage you to attend to learn more about full EPR and how it differs from Manitoba’s current shared responsibility model and your role in helping MMSM develop a transition plan to full EPR.
Please register for one of the webinars:
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT – Register here
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 1 p.m. CDT – Register here
Stakeholders are invited to submit feedback on the content discussed during the webinar up until June 16, 2021.
Please email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your attendance!
October 26, 2021
MMSM update on the GFL acquisition of CSSA
In July of 2021, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (“MMSM”) was advised by Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (“CSSA”) that CSSA had entered into an agreement to sell substantially all of its assets to Resource Recovery Alliance Inc. (“RRA”), a for-profit corporation, solely owned and controlled by GFL Environmental Inc.
MMSM previously entered into a Management Services Agreement with CSSA (the “MSA”), which continues to be in effect. CSSA has taken the position that, in connection with the sale of assets to RRA, it is entitled to assign its obligations under the MSA to RRA. MMSM has significant concerns with the transaction involving CSSA and RRA, and has asserted that the MSA cannot be assigned to RRA without the express written consent of MMSM. At this point, MMSM is continuing to review its legal position. Pursuant to the terms of the MSA, the dispute between MMSM and CSSA may be referred to binding arbitration if it cannot otherwise be resolved.
July 13, 2021
MMSM responds to GFL/CSSA Announcement
Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (MMSM) is carefully examining the July 6 announcement from Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) that it is being acquired by Resource Recovery Alliance (RRA), an entity owned and/or controlled by GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL).
CSSA provides analytical and administrative support services to MMSM. CSSA has provided MMSM with written assurance that, following the transaction, all MMSM data will be held in confidence within RRA; will be used solely for the purposes of providing services under the current CSSA-MMSM Management Services Agreement; and will not be accessible to GFL.
In light of MMSM’s responsibility to stewards and to the broader public, MMSM will be taking further steps to consider and assess the implications of the acquisition, and in particular the control measures proposed by CSSA. In addition, MMSM will consider what further measures might be necessary to protect stewards’ confidential information, ensure the continued integrity of its Conflict of Interest policies, and support healthy and open competition among recycling collection and processing service providers.
MMSM has and will act promptly to ensure that these inquiries are completed and will consult with its stakeholder community on any new policies or actions it takes or proposes to take in relation to CSSA / RRA.
September 29, 2021
MMSM Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The MMSM office will be closed on September 30 in observance and support of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our office is located on Treaty 1 Territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe peoples. MMSM works with many Indigenous communities across the province, across Treaties 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. MMSM respects the treaties that were made in these territories.
April 8, 2021
MMSM partners with the Canada Plastics Pact
MMSM has joined more than 50 other organizations as a Partner of the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) working collectively to end plastic waste and pollution.
Canada is the 10th country in the world to announce a Plastics Pact. The Canada Plastics Pact fosters multi-stakeholder collaboration and industry-led innovation aimed at systemic change across the plastics value chain. It brings together different partners and organizations to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastic packaging in Canada. CPP is aligned with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global New Plastics Economy and Plastics Pact Network’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics.
“MMSM believes we need to work collectively to reshape the plastic packaging supply chain to reduce unnecessary waste. We are proud to be joining the Canadian Plastics Pact, which will drive collaborative efforts in recycling with industry stakeholders. By bringing together Canada’s key industry leaders, we’ll have a positive impact in keeping plastics in our economy and out of the environment,” said Karen Melnychuk, Executive Director, MMSM.
The CPP has four clear, actionable targets they hope to achieve by 2025. Progress will be reported annually to the public.
- Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.
- Support efforts toward 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
- Undertake ambitious actions to ensure that at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted by 2025.
- Ensure an average of at least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging (by weight) by 2025.
MMSM is excited to be a part of this initiative, and to be working toward a circular economy for all Manitobans.
To learn more, visit the Canada Plastics Pact website.
March 30, 2020
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that medical items such as gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and facial tissues not be put in your recycling bins. These items are considered contamination and when they end up in the blue bin, sorting staff have to manually remove them off the line. For the health and safety of the collection and sorting staff, please only include accepted items in your recycling.
During these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to follow the guidelines from our government and trusted health professionals. Practice social distancing by standing a minimum of 2 meters away from collection staff. Wait until your blue bin has been picked up from the curb before returning it to your residence.
If you have any questions about your collection, MMSM staff are happy to assist you remotely via phone or email. You can also visit our Recyclepedia to learn more about what is accepted in your blue bin.
March 17, 2020
In light of the current worldwide COVID-19 situation, we are doing our part at MMSM to flatten the curve. We are following the precautions and recommendations of medical professionals and the government to limit the spread. Staff are now working remotely and available by phone or email to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
October 12, 2018
Program Plan Renewal
MMSM is pleased to advise that the Minister of Sustainable Development has approved the MMSM Packaging and Printed Paper Program Plan that was submitted on March 20, 2017. The Approval is effective July 1, 2018 and will expire on June 30, 2023.
To view the Approval letter, please click here.
April 5, 2018
We are hiring a Communications Coordinator to work in our Winnipeg office. Learn more here.
April 3, 2017
MMSM Program Plan Renewal
After further consultation with municipalities and the Government of Manitoba, MMSM revised and resubmitted the Program Plan for 2017-2021 to the Government of Manitoba on March 20, 2017. It is currently with the Department of Sustainable Development for a final review. To view the revised Program Plan, click here.
July 7, 2016
MMSM is seeking quotations on an upcoming waste study program in Manitoba. Please review the RFQ if you are interested in providing a quote based on the requirements of the waste composition study services requested. To view the RFQ, click here Waste Composition Study RFQ
The consultation on MMSM’s Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Program Plan Renewal concluded on March 31, 2016. We would like to thank those who provided questions and comments.
The Program Plan Renewal was submitted to the Manitoba Government on April 29, 2016. A summary of the comments provided can be found below, along with the draft Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Program Plan Renewal document.
March 7, 2016
MMSM Program Plan Renewal
MMSM’s original PPP Program Plan was approved by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship in 2009. The PPP Program Plan is now up for renewal and we are seeking your feedback.
MMSM is inviting producer and stakeholder comments on the revised PPP Program Plan that is intended to highlight how the program will continue to fulfill the requirements as outlined in accordance with the Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulations (Man. Reg. 195/2008). Comments received by March 31, 2016 will be considered when finalizing the plan for submission to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship by May 1, 2016.
The 2017-2021 PPP Program Plan is available here: MMSM Program Plan Renewal 2016
Please submit your comments by email to Karen Melnychuk, Executive Director, at email@example.com or by mail at 200-283 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 3B2.
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