The proof is in the numbers. The overall amount of each product type collected for the current reported fiscal year, 2016, is down marginally over 2015 but this matches the lower sales numbers over the same period.

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The newest programs, New Brunswick and PEI, however, achieved volumes above the required objectives for all designated products.

To determine the annual amounts collected, the associations also factor in how much a product, such as used oil, is consumed in use as well as collected and reprocessed. In New Brunswick and PEI, for example, it is permissible to burn used oil in small furnaces.

Manitoba is conducting a study on what volume of antifreeze is available for recovery and where it goes if not recycled.

With the increase in use of non-metallic filters, the conversion rate for the value of a barrel of filters needs to be studied and adjusted. For plastic containers in Saskatchewan, the re-use of the 20 litre pail by farmers is included in the total annual volumes.

For details on volumes collected by each provincial association, their 2016 annual reports are available on line at Click on your province and follow the links.