To Live With Respect In Creation

Veteran Recyclers Have a New “R” – Relearn

Guest Written by Joanne Fedyk, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council

Recycling opportunities have existed in the province for a long time. Programs have stopped and started, some have continued for decades. In all cases, the process of making the materials acceptable for recycling has changed. For example, Saskatoon’s newspaper recycling program has been around since the 70s. Back then, you had to use string or twine to tie the newspapers into bundles. Magazines were the scourge of the recycling industry. Envelopes with windows were evil – you had to rip out the window to save the rest of envelope.

Recycling has changed considerably since then. There are three general ‘stages’ of recycling: collection, processing and re-manufacturing. Collection is just gathering everything up, most often using large common bins or smaller bins at the curb. Processing involves separating the things that have been collected and preparing them for transport to the remanufacturers, who are the ones that actually ‘recycle’ – create new products from old. Changes in any of these three stages can alter what recycling programs want people to do. The bundling of the newspapers was a requirement of the collectors. The bins were emptied by someone jumping in and tossing the newspapers into a truck. Bundles made it much easier to do this. The magazine problems, on the other hand, were a re-manufacturer problem. At the time, their systems couldn’t handle the high clay content in the glossy magazine paper.

Technological change in all three areas has resulted in different requirements for consumers. In general, things have gotten easier. Many communities in the province have commingled collection, meaning that all materials can be put in the bin together. This makes it simpler for us (if a little hard on the head for those of us who’ve been carefully separating things for years). Everything –paper, plastic, tin cans, and (depending on the community) glass– goes in loose, except for:

  • Shredded paper – put this in a plastic bag and tie it well. When possible, use a clear plastic bag – this helps the sorters ‘catch’ it. Shredded paper that is loose falls to the floor in the processing stage and is swept up and thrown away.
  • Plastic bags – if your recycling program accepts plastic bags, put them all into one plastic bag and tie it tightly. Unbagged plastic bags get tangled in processing equipment and force shut downs to clean them out.

Don’t worry about:

  • Taking windows out of envelopes – they’ve changed remanufacturing systems and what the windows are made of
  • Removing staples from documents –they use magnets to get them out during the remanufacturing process
  • Taking Labels off cans – they burn off in the recycling process

Do worry about:

  • Food residues – containers should be relatively clean. Some people put food containers in the dishwasher to make a full load. I rinse containers in my dirty dishwater. Scraping them out works too.
  • Size – very small things, whether paper, metal, or plastic, don’t make it through the recycling process. They end up on the floor with the unbagged shredded paper. Try to make smaller things part of bigger things. Put small bits of paper into a larger envelope or paper bag. Put the tops of tin cans inside the can and squeeze the can together a bit to keep the top from falling out. Combine small bits of foil together into a bigger ball.
  • Unacceptable materials – make sure you don’t put things in the recycling bin that the program says it doesn’t accept. They will NOT be recycled, and they can contaminate the accepted materials.

For additional information and recycling options for all sorts of items, check out our recycling database at We have information recycling programs in every community in the province.

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Angie Bugg manages energy conservation projects for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and is an active member of McClure United Church. You can contact her at

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)


Watch for the “2015 Federal Election Resource Kit”

2015 Federal Election is scheduled for Oct 19, 2015 but may come earlier.

The UCC is producing an Election Resource Kit which will be available in the near future:-
Kit Introduction
What do you care about? Is it climate change? Peace? Health care? Regardless of what matters most in your life, the 2015 federal elections will have an enormous impact on these issues. Now more than ever, all faith voices need to be heard in the political process. It is our right and duty to participate in forming a government that reflects the will of its people.

Your vote will make a difference. Matters of Aboriginal rights, food security, and homelessness are not isolated to far-off lands but are present in every community in our country. The more we know about how our faith and values can influence government policies, the more we have a chance to transform our own and others’ lives for the common good. We witness to our faith in a just and life-giving God in the public arena by advocating for justice and peace. This is our faith and our vote.

“Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!” (Isaiah 58:1)

The United Church has been active in the public arena—including elections—since its earliest days. The founders of this church believed that ours is a living faith and witness to the ministry of Jesus Christ that is expressed in active, thoughtful involvement in society. It is important for people of faith to bring forward the consistent message that every individual must be cherished and included, and that the earth must be carefully tended. Our combined voices have greater impact when we work together.

Our non-partisan strategy aims to raise awareness about these issues and to build relationships around them with politicians and in communities across Canada. To help you promote justice, peace, and creation issues in your community during the federal election, this kit provides information based on United Church policy.

Contents of the Federal Election Kit –
Organizing an All Candidates Meeting
Attending an All Candidates Meeting
Questions for Candidate
Recommended Websites – ecumenical partners; civil society organizations; political parties
Using the Media

Questions for Candidates – 2015 Federal Election Kit Topics : ( short background and current context; one key issue for each; 3 or 4 sample questions for candidates)
Aboriginal Justice (Idle No More, TRC, FPIC)
Climate Justice (Climate change, energy) – KAIROS, CCC 2010 statement, CPJ
Criminal Justice and Corrections
Development – (ODA Act, charity and justice)
Health Care Economic Justice  (“fiscal responsibility” and GDP; tax fairness; oikumene of the household; social unrest) – CCPA
Food Sovereignty – a) seeds and b) Food Secure Canada ask?
Gender Identity (Transgender Bill)
Migrant Justice – (KAIROS temporary foreign workers; xenophobia; racism, respect for rights, benefits, exploitation)
Mining Justice –  ( FPIC, CNCA)
Palestine/Israel – (self-determination; statelessness, peace)
Poverty (child poverty, aboriginal, Dignity for All, CCC 0210 statement, CPJ)
Refugee and Immigration- (CCR, health, poverty, welcome, UCC sponsorship)
Trade – (foreign investment, dispute settlements, free trade agreements)

 Barbara Lloyd
Program Coordinator
Church in Mission Unit

The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. W., Suite 300
Toronto,  ON  M8X  2Y4
Tel:  416-231-7680 # 4196
Toll free 1-800-268-3781 #4196
Fax:  416-231-3103

Let’s Keep Talking

The new Easter Season resources, Let’s Keep Talking, for the Unsettling Goods campaign are here! The poster and brochure were sent out in Infopac on Jan 16, and the worship, workshop and video resources are now online

We know that some of you will not have received the poster and brochure, so invite you to let us know if you’d like those print materials. If you need multiple brochures for use with a group or faith community, we will ship them to you. Either way, just reply with your mailing address to with your request.

Let’s Keep Talking! About just peace in Palestine and Israel – Enliven the Easter Season (Apr 12 – May 17) with Courageous Conversations about just peace in Palestine and Israel

 How to Use this Brochure and Poster in your Congregation

 This brochure and poster are designed to be used as conversation starters in your congregation. They name common questions and myths that often block us from having helpful discussions about just peace in Palestine and Israel.  Each response is intended to encourage deeper consideration of the issue. 

ORDER NOW! – Free copies of this brochure are available for each member of your faith community.  Request copies, to be used in worship and workshops, at Unsettling Goods Mailbox ( )

 Use with online resources:

  1. Worship Resources – suggestions for 3 Sundays between Easter and Pentecost- prayers, lectionary reflections, sermons ideas, hymn and video suggestions.
  2. Workshop Outline – process for using the videos, and brochure in an interactive process that encourages courageous conversations.
  3. Video Mosaic of Voices – collection of two minute videos for use in worship and workshops. Each video offers a response to one question. From UCC members, partners and friends around the world such as – Moderator Gary Paterson; Nora Carmi, Palestinian  partner; Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Shomer  Shalom Network for Jewish Non Violence;  Izzeldin Abuelaish, professor and doctor; Dawn Waring, Ecumenical Accompanier; Liat Rosenberg, from the Israeli organization, Zochrot: and David Giuliano, former UCC moderator.
  4. Short Study Outline for Meetings – for Board, Presbytery, or UCW meetings. Use with videos and brochure.

“Let’s Keep Talking!” is part of the UCC Unsettling Goods Campaign.

More information about these and other resources for prayer, study and action at

Barbara Lloyd
Program Coordinator
Church in Mission Unit
The United Church of Canada

Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem Conference

Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem Conference,
April 23-25, 2015 in Vancouver, BC.

Conference Theme:  Overcoming Christian Zionism in the Quest for Justice.

Conference cosponsored by
Anglican Church of Canada,
Friends of Sabeel North America,
Presbyterian Church in Canada,
United Church of Canada.

For more conference information and to register visit Canadian Friends of Sabeel website.