Beverage Containers


SARCAN Recycling, a division of SARC, the provincial organization that supports those who provide opportunities for people with disabilities, has been collecting beverage containers for the province of Saskatchewan since 1988. The program is monitored by the Ministry of Environment's - Environmental Management Protection Act, as well as the Litter Control Designation Regulations. Since its inception, SARCAN has recycled over six billion beverage containers and averages recycling over 350 million beverage containers each year. That amounts to over 19,000 tonnes of waste kept out of Saskatchewan landfills every year. 

For more information, please visit or call 306-933-0616.


SARCAN recycles a number of different beverage containers; aluminum/other metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs (non-dairy), glass bottles (excluding beer), juice boxes/carton, and refillable beer bottles. Consumers can bring their beverage containers to one of 72 SARCAN recycling depots across 63 communities in Saskatchewan.


How do I do a return for a bottle drive, restaurant, or other larger order?

For large groups such as schools, restaurants, bottle drives, weddings, public events, etc. SARCAN accepts bulk returns. In order to ensure that our depots have the appropriate resources and staff to handle a bulk return, we require that you contact the depot you wish to return your bottles to and set up an appointment with them.

What is the deposit-refund beverage container recycling program?

The majority of the beverage containers sold in our province are legislated by the Government of Saskatchewan, which means that they are subject to a deposit that is paid by the customer upon purchase.  When the container is returned to SARCAN, that deposit is refunded to the customer. 

In addition to the deposit fee, there is an environmental handling fee that is a non-refundable fee paid at the time of purchase. The environmental handling fees are collected by the Government of Saskatchewan, and these fees are used to fund SARCAN Recycling.

SARCAN has been in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Environment since 1988, and this system is one of the most efficient and effective in Canada.  

Why is there a $75 limit for deposit refunds per person per week?

The $75 limit for deposit refunds per person per week is intended to stop the flow of containers from out-of-province.  In order to return containers to SARCAN, you must be a resident of Saskatchewan and your containers must be purchased in Saskatchewan. There are bulk order returns exemptions offered at SARCAN depots for schools, bottle drives, restaurants, public events, weddings, etc.  For more information, please contact us.  

Why are excessively dirty or broken containers refused?

SARCAN provides a safe environment for our employees and customers.  Broken containers or contaminated containers pose a serious risk to our staff and customers.

What happens to the materials recycled at SARCAN?

All materials collected at SARCAN are recycled into everyday, useable products.  No materials are ever put in landfills.  Please visit for more information.

Why are customers signatures and phone numbers required on tally sheets?

Phone numbers and signatures are required as there is a $75.00 refund limit per person per week.  Bootlegging is a crime in Saskatchewan, and the $75.00 limit helps control the movement of out-of-province containers. If containers were not purchased in Saskatchewan, a deposit was not paid in Saskatchewan. 

Customer information provides both a record of your returns to SARCAN and the ability for us to track your order should a discrepancy occur.


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As a recognized, industry-led, not-for-profit organization, EPRA provides the Government of Saskatchewan-approved environmental compliance program for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of electronics. EPRA is responsible for implementing and operating, on behalf of its stewards, a responsible program for the recovery and reclamation of electronic products, in accordance with the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP).

Saskatchewan is an international pioneer in product stewardship for end-of-life electronics. EPRA SK is North America’s first industry-led EPR (extended producer responsibility) program for collecting and responsibly recycling a broad range of regulated electronics such as televisions, computers, and printers. The program first started in 2007.

 There is no charge to residents for dropping off electronic products at SARCAN depots. The program is funded by an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) that is charged on the sale of new, designated electronic products. The EHF is not a tax of any kind, and it is not a deposit – these fees are paid at the time of purchase and are used to support the collection, transportation, and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics in the province. Products that can be recycled are:

  • Display devices (TV’s, monitors, flat screens)
  • Desktop, laptop, and tablet computers
  • Printers 
  • Scanners
  • Fax machines 
  • Computer peripherals 
  • Non-cellular phones
  • Answering machines
  • Home audio / video systems
  • Home stereo systems 
  • Vehicle audio and video systems
  • Personal portable audio / video systems


Since 2007 the program has collected over 21,000 metric tonnes of electronics, diverting over 3.25 million devices from landfills and illegal export. In addition, EPRA SK has a partnership with Computers for Schools as the only sanctioned reuse and refurbishment facility in the province. Another partner is Crown Shred & Recycling which helps in handling large volume collections for the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. Being the first program of its kind, EPRA SK has always been a leader in championing the cause of e-recycling, both in Saskatchewan and throughout the country.

To find out more visit or call 306-242-6006.


Qualifying electronic devices can be dropped off at any one of SARCAN’s 71 or contact EPRA directly for large volume commercial pickups. Once they have been dropped off for recycling, they are shipped to approved North American processors for dismantling. The various components are then recycled. Through a variety of refining and smelting processes, material reclaimed from end of life electronics such as metals, plastics, and glass, are used as raw materials in the manufacturing of new products.


How is the program funded?

Stewards of the SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan program will pay Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) to SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan based on the numbers of units sold in Saskatchewan.

Why do I have to pay a fee?

The EPRA Saskatchewan program is an important initiative for the environment. Electronic waste can contain hazardous materials that could pose environmental problems in our landfill sites. The program is not funded by general taxpayers or the government, but by consumers, producers, retailers and distributors of electronics products. Many of the items returned by customers will be quite old (historic waste) or were produced by manufacturers no longer in business (orphan waste). Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) on the sale of new products assists in covering the costs of recycling historic and orphaned waste. The fee will ensure that end-of-life electronics are processed responsibly and do not end up in our landfills or exported to developing nations.

Where do the recycled electronics go?

Following collection, designated end-of-life equipment will be moved to consolidation sites in selected areas of the province where transport-efficient loads of sorted material types will be assembled. Full loads of collected designated end-of-life material are then transported to approved processing and recycling contractors. All recyclers are required to meet Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) Recycling Vendor Qualification Standards to ensure materials are processed in an environmentally sound manner with appropriate health, safety and export provisions.

What does electronics recycling have to do with me?

The Government of Saskatchewan has issued a Waste Electronics Equipment Regulation requiring all "first sellers" of designated electronics to be part of an approved industry take-back and recycling program. SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan is an approved program. Does this affect my company? Yes, if you sell, distribute, manufacture or import electronic equipment within the scope of SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan's recyclable product list into Saskatchewan (including online sales), you must be part of an approved program. What specific products are subject to the program? As of April 1, 2011 SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan expanded its recycling program to include a broader range of electronic products. COMPLETE LIST

What do I do if I have a lot of product to return?

Businesses and organizations can apply to have large volumes* of EOLE picked up and recycled by SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan. ·Applicants must meet SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan's packaging standard and are provided packaging materials, transportation and recycling by SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan free of charge. This service may apply to large volume ICI generators or other organizations such as retailers or electronics repair operations that otherwise collect obligated material outside of the SWEEP/EPRA Saskatchewan program and do not meet the accessibility and collection standards.

* Minimum Quantities:

• Urban Centres - 3 pallets

• Rural - 5 pallets


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The Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC) is a non-profit corporation formed by the oil, filter, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) industry in Saskatchewan to develop, implement and maintain a single, cost-effective, province-wide Used Oil, Filter, Antifreeze and Oil/Antifreeze/DEF Container Recycling Program.  The program, first launched September 1, 1997, is operated on behalf of SARRC’s 200 member organizations, in accordance with The Used Petroleum and Antifreeze ProductsCollectionRegulations of Saskatchewan.

Since program inception, SARRC has recycled 287,430,000 litres of used oil, 31,870,000 used oil filters, 4,810 tonnes of used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers and 168,000 litres of antifreeze.

For more information, please visit or call 1-877-645-7275.


For do-it-yourself mechanics, farmers and small businesses, take your used oil, filters, antifreeze, and oil/antifreeze/diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers to one of the nearly 200 year-round independent recycling facilities including 35 EcoCentres available in almost 200 communities province-wide.  Click here for a list of recycling facilities.  For businesses and farmers generating large volumes, contact a registered collector to pick up your used oil materials on site.  Click here for a list of collectors.

What Happens to the Material?

Used oil is reprocessed into re-refined lubricating oil, industrial burner fuel and other products.

Used oil filters are processed into structural metal shapes for the manufacturing of industrial and agricultural products.

Used antifreeze is reprocessed back into reusable antifreeze.

Used plastic oil/antifreeze/DEF containers and pails are recycled into industrial posts, railroad crossings, plastic pipe and new containers. Plastic 20-litre pails may also be refilled with bulk lubricants, or cleaned and re-used for a wide number of applications.



Why is used oil hazardous? 

One litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of water.  Think of the environmental damage the used oil from just one oil change can cause.

Where can I take my used oil and antifreeze materials for recycling?

Saskatchewan has a province-wide collection network of nearly 200 year-round independent recycling facilities including 35 EcoCentres available in almost 200 communities.  For the Centre nearest you, click here.  Or call SARRC’s toll free telephone number at 1-877-645-7275.

If I have too much used oil and antifreeze materials to transport myself, what can I do? 

Contact one of SARRC’s registered collectors who will make arrangements to pick up your used oil and antifreezematerials at your business or in your community.  Click here for the list of Collectors or call SARRC’s toll free telephone number 1-877-645-7275.

What types of oil can I recycle?

In Saskatchewan, you can recycle any petroleum or synthetic crankcase oil, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, heat transfer fluid or other fluid used for lubricating purposes in machinery or equipment.

Ensure your used oil is not contaminated with such things as water, anti-freeze, paint or solvent.  If it is, please contact your local municipality about where you can recycle this material.

What plastic oil filters are recyclable?

Any spin-on or element oil filter used in hydraulic, transmission or internal combustion engine applications can be recycled.  This includes diesel fuel filters but does not include gasoline fuel filters.

What associations belong to NUOMAAC (National Used Oil Material and Antifreeze Advisory Council) and what does it do?

The National Used Oil Material and Antifreeze Advisory Council (NUOMAAC) is comprised of seven provincial used oil and antifreeze management programs:

  • BCUOMA (British Columbia)
  • AUOMA (Alberta)
  • SARRC (Saskatchewan)
  • MARRC (Manitoba)
  • SOGHU (Quebec)
  • SOGHUOMA NB (New Brunswick)
  • SOGHUOMA PE (Prince Edward Island)

NUOMAAC coordinates the Canada-wide used oil and antifreeze material recycling effort and encourages consistent national standards for this unique and successful industry-led stewardship recycling program.  The seven Canadian associations that operate their used oil and antifreeze recycling programs promote the recovery of valuable, non-renewable resources from all sectors of their economies.  Each operates a single, comprehensive, cost-effective, efficient, sustainable province-wide program.


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The Saskatchewan Paint Recycling Program (SPRP) started in 2006 with the creation of the Ministry of Environment’s Waste Paint Management Regulations to manage paint products such as household paints, stains, and varnishes. SPRP is managed by a non-profit association created by paint manufacturers, distributors, and retailers known as Product Care. Since its inception, SPRP has recycled over 1,926,000 litres of paint, and recycles over 360,000 litres annually.

For more information, please visit or call 306-880-1488.


Customers may bring in paint containers ranging in size from 100 ml to 23 litres, empty or containing paint, and aerosol paint containers to any one of the 71 SARCAN Recycling depots across the province, which act as paint collection sites for the Saskatchewan Paint Recycling Program.  SARCAN also maintains shelves for reuse if paint is potential usable, which is available for the public free of charge.   

Daily limits for paint drop off apply: 25 one-gallon paint containers and up to 50 aerosol paint containers. Trade painters and other bulk paint customers may drop off more than this by appointment only.


How is this program funded?

The program is funded entirely by eco fees remitted by Product Care's industry members. Eco-fees are paid by Product Care members based on their unit sales in the provinces where Product Care has programs. Eco-fees may be shown separately or may be included in the product price and are subject to GST. If the eco-fees are shown separately on the sales receipt by the paint retailer then PST does not apply to the eco-fees. No part of the eco-fee is remitted to the government.

What should I do with my leftover paint?

Remember that the most cost-effective and energy efficient use for leftover paint is reuse. If you do have paint left at the end of a project, apply another coat to an area which could use extra protection. Mix smaller quantities of leftover latex paint together for use as a primer coat on a larger project. Be sure to keep a small amount of paint on-hand for touch-ups.

If you can't reuse your leftover paint, you probably know someone who can. Offer leftovers to a friend, neighbor, or your local community center, church, or theatre group. SARCAN offers paint reuse shelves for useable paint brought to the SARCAN depots to help promote the reuse of paint.  

What happens to the paint?

At its end of life, paint products are recycled into a number of different uses or products: Latex paint is recycled into new paint or used as binder in cement and oil-based paints are used as alternative fuels.

What paint products don’t you accept?

  • Paintsor wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the pest control act (has P.C.P. Reg# on label) e.g. marine anti-fouling paint, should be treated as a pesticide
  • Craft paint (non-aerosol)
  • Automotive paint (non-aerosol)
  • Industrial paints & finishes (eg.baked-on, heat resistant etc.)
  • 2-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator
  • Roof patch or repair
  • Tars
  • Tar-based or bitumen based product
  • Traffic or line marking paint
  • Quick drying paint
  • Resins
  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits or solvents
  • Deck cleaners
  • Colorants and Tints
  • Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives
  • Wood preservatives
  • Brushes, rags and rollers
  • Paint in glass containers
  • Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers
  • Improperly sealed paint containers
  • Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted cans) or leaking
  • Bulging containers
  • Other household chemicals

How do I dispose of paint?

If you must dispose of unwanted leftover paint, be sure to do so in an environmentally safe manner. Product Care Association has established return depots in all of the 71 SARCAN depots across Saskatchewan to help with the return, leftover or unusable household paint, varnish, shellacs and stains free of charge. When returning leftover paint, be sure to keep products in their original containers with its labels on. Do not combine leftover paints with each other or with oils, solvents or other products. Make sure paint cans are properly sealed before transporting.

How do I store my leftover paint?

To properly store paint, clean the rim of the can to ensure a proper seal. Pour 1/8" (3mm) of solvent on top of oil-based paint, or 1/8" (3mm) of water on top of latex paint to seal the surface, then secure the lid. Alternatively, stretch plastic wrap over the can opening, replace the lid securely, and store paint upside down. This will create an airtight seal to keep the paint fresh until you're ready to use it again. Always store paint away from heat sources at temperatures between 3 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius, and out of the reach of children.

Used paint can also be taken to SARCAN where they will put it on a shelf for public reuse.


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Pesticide Containers


CleanFARMS is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Our programs manage agricultural plastic and other inorganic waste from farms across Canada and have earned a reputation of excellence around the world.

CleanFARMS is best known for its empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program, which has collected over 100 million empty containers nation-wide since the program began in 1989.


Farmers are asked to follow these three steps:

1. Rinse

All containers should be triple rinsed or pressure rinsed before they are brought in for recycling to make sure the container is clean prior to entering the recycling process.

To help clean the container, farmers can use a device called a chemical handler that pierces the bottom of the container and sends pressurized water up into the container to rinse the inside thoroughly. This device not only makes sure the container is clean but it also allows farmers to put any excess product back into their spray tanks.

2. Remove

The cap and booklet should be removed. The glued-on label can stay on the container. The paper booklet cannot be recycled through the same recycling process as the containers and the cap must be removed because it is made of a different type of plastic.

Metal handles commonly found on fertilizer pails should be removed.

3. Return

Farmers should return their containers to the closest drop-off location to be recycled.


What happens to the containers after they are returned?

Most containers are made out of high density polyethylene (HDPE), a valuable plastic that can be recaptured and reclaimed.

After collection, the plastic from the containers is cleaned, shredded and then pelletized and turned into farm drainage tile, which is frequently used back on the farm.

What types of pesticide containers are captured by this program? Which ones aren’t?

The program primarily targets containers that contained commercial pesticides, pesticides used in the agricultural, horticultural, structural and golf course industries. Most containers are less than 23 litres in size; 10 litre containers are the most common.

The following types of pesticide containers are excluded from the program:

  • Containers that contained domestic pesticides and that are usually used by homeowners.
  • Containers that are greater than 23 litres in size – These containers are sometimes called drums/totes and are typically managed by the manufacturer.

What types of fertilizer containers are captured by this program? Which ones aren’t?

The program primarily targets containers that contained commercial liquid fertilizers. This includes micronutrients, supplements and low analysis farm fertilizer.

The following types of fertilizer containers are excluded from the program:

  • Containers that contained granular fertilizer.
  • Containers that contained liquid fertilizer used by homeowners.
  • Containers that are greater than 23 litres in size – These containers are sometimes called drums/totes and are typically managed by the manufacturer.

How is the program funded?

The program is funded by the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pesticides and fertilizers.

What other programs does CleanFARMS offer?

CleanFARMS offers programs to manage a variety of agricultural wastes including:

  • Obsolete pesticides
  • Obsolete equine/livestock medications
  • Empty seed bags
  • Empty pesticide bags

Visit or call 1-877-622-4460 to find out what is available in your area.


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The Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSS) is the approved program operator for scrap tire management and recycling activities in Saskatchewan.

The TSS is a non-profit corporation that was established in June 2017 by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the Western Canada Tire Dealers (WCTD) to serve as the scrap tire recycling program operator in Saskatchewan. The TSS is now operating in the province under a new Ministry of Environment approved Product Stewardship Program since January 1, 2018.

The TSS relies on a “user pay" funding model, where a tire recycling fee (TRF) is charged on the purchase of all new tires.   All revenue generated from the TRF is spent on activities directly related to the program.  

For more information on this program, please visit, call 1-833-790-1894 (Toll Free) or email


The TSS focuses on capturing tires at the retailer location before they have a chance to be landfilled or stockpiled on private lands in communities across the province.

The TSS has over 1350 retailer participants who capture tires immediately that are generated at the time of new tire purchases/changeovers and direct the waste to recycling. Consumers are always encouraged to leave their old tires with the retailers.  

Additional programs like the Return to Retailer (R2R) offered by the TSS provide solutions to Saskatchewan residents who have small numbers of accumulated waste tires to dispose of. The R2R program provides consumers an opportunity to participate in responsible scrap tire stewardship by placing their scrap tires into the recycle stream through the R2R Program. R2R allows Saskatchewan residents to drop off a maximum of ten (10) rimless scrap tires, free of charge, at select tire retailers during business hours, even if the tires were not originally purchased at that location.

The TSS partners with a number of private businesses who collect and recycle the tires into useable marketable items that are useful for public use like road paving, playground surfaces, paving blocks/stones, shingles, mats and many other products.  


What are Tire Remittance Fees (TRFs)?

The TSS relies on a user pay principle, which means that the consumer of the tire bears the responsibility for the product once it has reached the end of its useful life. All of the fees are used solely for the recycling of scrap tires and administration of the scrap tire program. 

The TRF applies wherever the first retail sale (or deemed sale) of a new tire takes place in Saskatchewan. This includes sales to non-residents that are completed within the province of Saskatchewan.

The TSS sets the tire recycling fee that is to be charged at thepoint-of-sale of all new tires. All rates are registered and approved by the Ministry of Environment. Refer to the "Retailer Info" section of the TSS website for more information.

What tire types are included in the program?

Under the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation there are 5 eligible
tire types:
• Passenger Car/Light Truck
• Medium Truck
• Agricultural

Tires that are not included under the Program include:
• Wheelbarrow tires
• Wheelchair/electric mobility aid tires
• Any tire with a rim size of less than 7"

As a farmer how do I dispose of my tires?

Before there was a provincial scrap tire management and recycling program, used tires were often stockpiled on private property and farmland because there was no other disposal option available. The TSS works with Rural Municipalities and focuses on the clean-up of these tires throughout the province. For more information please contact the TSS office. 

What about bicycle tires?

Bicycle tires are not typically part of the TSS program in that there are no recycling fees attached to the sale of a new bike tire.  However, there is a voluntary recycling partnership between supporting bike retailers in Saskatchewan and the TSS. The bike tire recycling program works with the existing scrap tire collection and recycling programs, funded by the TSS.

Where do the used tires go?

The TSS works with independent scrap tire processing businesses to ensure that scrap tires are disposed of properly. The TSS currently has four contracted service providers in Saskatchewan to provide collection services to retailers and transportation of scrap tires to registered processors where they are recycled and repurposed into usable, marketable items such as playground surfaces, road paving material, patio blocks, shingles, mats and a whole lot more. Please contact the TSS office for inquiries related to tire pickups and service needs.


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Packaging and Paper

About Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW)

Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) is a not-for-profit agency established in 2013 to develop and implement a waste packaging and paper (WPP) stewardship program in the Province of Saskatchewan on behalf of businesses obligated under Regulation. MMSW’s Stewardship Plan was approved by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in October 2015 and the program officially launched on January 1, 2016.

MMSW members include retailers, restaurants, importers, manufacturers, distributers or wholesalers and any other organization that supplies packaged goods and/or paper and flyers to Saskatchewan residents. MMSW is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from companies that pay fees to cover the cost of the program. To learn more about MMSW, visit

What does MMSW do?

Packaging and paper make up about 40 per cent of household waste in Saskatchewan. Businesses and organizations registered with MMSW and that distribute packaged goods and paper to households in Saskatchewan pay a portion of the costs for municipalities to collect and recycle the packaging and paper that residents recycle. MMSW has reached agreements with over 400 municipalities & First Nations, and nine Regional Waste Authorities, covering 86 per cent of Saskatchewan households. These agreements provide for per household financing for Local Governments and Regional Waste Authorities to use towards funding recycling programs. For more information, visit

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