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SARCAN AND THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYLING SYSTEM WILL NOT BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY NEW MUNICIPAL CURBSIDE PROGRAM IN REGINA

Here is a news release that went out today about SARCAN's involvement in curbside recycling in Regina.  
 
SARCAN Recycling will not be negatively affected by Regina’s new curbside recycling program. SARCAN will continue to recycle beverage containers, whether they come from individual consumers, bottle drives, or curbside bins. In the City of Regina alone, SARCAN recycled over 82 million containers in its five depots last year. “It’s obvious that Regina is committed to recycling”, said Amy McNeil, SARC/SARCAN Executive Director.
 
The impact of curbside recycling in Regina will not affect SARCAN’s operations, and could actually increase the amount of containers returned thanks to the convenience of the curbside recycling system; however, customers are still encouraged to come to SARCAN directly to receive their deposit refunds.
 
“As a consumer, when you’ve paid the deposit, what you decide to do with those beverage containers is entirely up to you”, said McNeil. “Most people choose to return them to SARCAN themselves instead of putting them into the curbside bin, as they are valuable,” she added.
 
Another popular option for recycling beverage containers is to donate the containers to community organization bottle drives. Minor sports teams, travel clubs, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, 4-H Clubs and High School Grad Committees, to name a few, have benefited from the bottle drive fundraising system.
 
Now, with the introduction of the City’s curbside recycling program, Regina residents will have even more options for ensuring all of their recyclable household materials stay out of Saskatchewan’s landfills. If customers choose to put their beverage containers in their curbside bins, the containers will still come to SARCAN, but the deposit refunds will be collected by Emterra directly.
 
Deposit value of all containers that SARCAN accepts is significantly higher than the salvage/scrap value of the material; therefore, it makes financial sense for any municipal curbside recycler, anywhere in the province, to continue to separate beverage containers from their other recyclable materials and bring them to SARCAN themselves to receive deposit refunds.
 
SARCAN’s operating contract exists as a partnership between SARCAN and the provincial government’s Ministry of Environment. SARCAN is not funded municipally in any community in Saskatchewan.
 
“SARCAN is a household name in Saskatchewan, and that will never change”, said McNeil, adding, “thanks to the use of innovative technology and a devoted staff consisting of people of all abilities, SARCAN continues to grow and has become an incredibly efficient and effective recycling system.”
 
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