Where To Recycle

How To Recycle

For all of our visiting options, you will need to do some preparation before you head out on your recycling trip. Let’s start with that!

remove lids
Caps off!

Go ahead and pop that top! Having the caps off allows us to compact your containers. Like, really compact them. We can fit up to 4x as much on our trailers after compaction which lowers our greenhouse gas emissions.

Removing caps from your plastic and glass bottles before you visit saves time in line, and the caps can still be recycled if they are brought in separately!

Hit ’em with a rinse!

You don’t wanna be smelling your last trip to the ‘CAN in your car a week later or walking into milk jug musk everytime you step into your garage. Lucky for you – you don’t have to! A quick rinse can go a long way for getting rid of the stick and stink of old beverage containers.

Just a quick blast of warm water, swish it around, and dump it out. With the cap already off, it will dry out virtually odourless.

Flatten ’em out!

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when you are trying to fit those five bags of recycling in your car! You can really save on space by flattening your containers before you bag them. Plus – it’s just fun stomping on cans!

When you are flattening, be sure to do it lengthwise and try to keep the label visible so we can tell the size.

It’s a SARCAN sort of thing!

If you could have more of anything, what would it be? Yeah, we said time too. Now you can have more time – by sorting your containers! Sorted orders only take a fraction of the time to count compared to mixed bags. You’ll be in and out in no time!

The trick to sorting is if they look the same, toss them in the same bag. Put clear plastics together; green plastics all in one; thicker, white plastics in the same bag; cartons and boxes can go together; and so on.

Locate your local SARCAN!

With 73 depots in the province, you don’t have to look too hard to find your local SARCAN – chances are you are already pretty close to one! Use the yellow bar at the top of every page on this site to find the closest depot to you.

Once you know, head to our Hours & Locations page to find out their address, hours, phone number and other useful details about your SARCAN.


With your containers prepared and your depot found, let’s figure out the best way for you to recycle them at SARCAN.

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Frankly, my dear, Drop & Go is easy.

No matter where she found herself – going out to eat, picking up some groceries, or just needing to use the loo – Sam stood in a line, step by step inching to the front at a snail’s pace. Until she arrived at SARCAN and discovered Drop & Go – with no line in sight! You won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen in this scintillating story of Sam setting up her account in seconds and using Drop & Go to escape her life of lines!

"I'll never see lineups the same...especially now that I know about SARCAN Drop & Go!"

- Ryan Recycler

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Out of the Blue: A Bins Out Mystery

This time, someone really blue it.

In a world of rising living costs and extra expenses, money doesn’t come out of the blue. So, when beverage containers worth up to .40 cents apiece are discovered in the wrong bin, this houseful of friends turns into a frenzy of foes as each one attempts to find out who has been putting SARCAN containers in the wrong bin. Watch the mystery unfold in this twisted tale of bottles, bins, and betrayal! Will you be able to uncover who really ‘blue’ it!?

"When I saw how much they were missing out on!? I'll be keeping my containers out of the blue from now on!"

- Penny Pincher

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Ghosts in the Garage

I see...dead batteries.

To Grace, it seemed like the right answer. Leftover paint from preparing the nursery? Just set it in the garage. The old DVD player Janey tried to “watch” a waffle with? To the garage it goes. All the dead batteries from their many gizmos and gadgets? There’s a jar in the garage for those, too. But, before long, their house was haunted by these old horrors, and it seemed like hope had run out. Tune in to this terrifying tale to see if they can send their old paint, electronics, and batteries to the recycling realm with the help of SARCAN before their space is taken over by the Ghosts in the Garage!

"It gave me shivers thinking of all the paint, electronics, and batteries in my garage. I better get them to SARCAN!”"

- Harry Hoarder

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Step Up 2: The Depot

Nobody puts bottles in the corner.

When their studio starts falling apart just weeks before their big show, the CanCans dance group feels hopeless and has nearly given up. That is, until one member stuns the rest of the team with a simple solution to save the day – a SARCAN bottle drive. Watch, from the edge of your seat, as these dancers use the resources available on SARCAN’s website to organize & promote their fundraiser before Can-Canning around town to collect containers and cash in big!

"The bottle drive blockbuster of the year!"

- Roger Recycler & Fran Fundraiser

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