We want to make your next SARCAN visit a breeze.

There are a few different ways to bring your recycling to SARCAN. But, no matter how you plan on visiting us, we have all the details on how to make that visit the easiest and most efficient.

Learn how to prepare your recycling and then choose a visiting option to see more details for each option!

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.

Choose a visiting option!

Over The Counter

Over-The-Counter is the classic SARCAN experience.

Bring your empty containers to your local depot to have them counted by one of our expert Recycling Technicians, right before your eyes! When we are finished tallying your container totals, you’ll receive your refund in cash or by cheque if it is over $75.

Drop & Go

Skip the line and save your time with Drop & Go!

It’s as simple as the name suggests. With a Drop & Go account, you can swing by a nearby SARCAN depot, sign in to your account, drop off your beverage containers, and go! You can get your refund by e-Transfer, PayPal, or come back to pick up a cheque.

And with My Drop & Go, anywhere that you have access to the internet, you have access to your Drop & Go account! Sign in to your account to check your order activity, update account information, review past transactions, and take a look at the impact your recycling has had with your Earth Saver Stats!

Bulk Return

Bulk Returns at SARCAN make recycling the beverage containers from your special event, workplace, or business a breeze!

SARCAN has a $75 per person per week limit. However, exemptions to this limit are available if you put on a special event – like a wedding or festival – that collected a lot of containers, or you run a business or organization and can’t bring your containers in that often. With this exemption, you can book a drop-off time with your local SARCAN depot and get your refund paid by cheque.

Bottle Drive

Bottle drives are a Saskatchewan staple and an amazing way to raise money for your group and help the environment, all in one shot!

Take your group door to door around your community to collect SARCAN beverage container donations, get them ready for return using our Large Order Return Guidelines, book a drop-off time, then return them to SARCAN for a BIG payday!

Take your Bottle Drive to the next level with a Drop & Go Group Account! When you sign up for a Group Account through Drop & Go, you’ll choose a ‘Group Phrase’ that is unique to your account. Share your phrase publicly and anyone in Saskatchewan can use it to sign in to any Drop & Go kiosk across the province. We’ll count their containers and you’ll get 100% of the refund!