Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp.
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SARRC’s mandate is to keep potentially hazardous used oil and antifreeze materials out of Saskatchewan’s landfills and environment through recycling and reuse.

CLICK here to see our current annual report for our successes.
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With 35 EcoCentres and nearly 150 public drop-off points, Saskatchewan has one of the best used oil and antifreeze materials recycling networks in Canada.

CLICK here for SARRC’s current annual report for more details.
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In 2018, 18.3 million litres of used oil, 1.9 million used oil filters, half a million kilograms of plastic containers and 258,000 litres of used antifreeze were recovered and recycled.

CLICK here for details in our current annual report.
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Informing Saskatchewan residents of the importance and ease of recycling used oil and antifreeze materials requires continuing communications.

CLICK here for our current annual report and how we communicate.

Why Recycle? FAQ

We have highlighted many questions people have about used oil and antifreeze materials recycling in Saskatchewan.

If you have a question not answered in FAQ, we would like to hear from you. Email your question to sarrc@usedoilrecycling.ca or call SARRC’s office in Saskatoon at
1-877-645-7275.

Why are used oil & antifreeze materials considered hazardous?

What is hazardous about a used oil filter?

A standard used oil filter can contain up to 8 ounces/250 ML of used oil. Since many filters are 85% steel, they will take forever to decompose if dumped in a landfill.

Whatʼs so bad about used plastic oil, antifreeze and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) containers?

Some people dispose of these used plastic containers by burning them. This is dangerous since plastic gives off dangerous toxins that are hazardous to oneʼs health. Also, when taken to the landfill, plastic containers take up valuable space and hundreds of years to decompose.

Why is used antifreeze hazardous?

Used antifreeze is toxic. Dumping it can cause serious water quality problems and harm people, pets and wildlife.

Why is used oil hazardous?

Used oil is considered the single most potentially hazardous material in Canada if not managed properly. Dumping used oil can damage earth and water.

How are used oil & antifreeze materials recycled in Saskatchewan?

How can dirty used oil be recycled and turned into something useful?

Re-refining used oil completely restores the original lubricating properties of the oil and takes about one-third of the energy of refining crude oil to lubricant quality.

What happens to the used oil filters?

Used filters are crushed and the residual used oil is captured. The crushed steel filters are then processed at steel recycling mills and turned into other metal products such as construction rebar, angle iron and pipe.

What happens to used antifreeze?

Used antifreeze is recycled into new antifreeze. Itʼs cost effective, saves resources and protects our quality of life and environments.

Whatʼs done with the used plastic oil, antifreeze & DEF containers?

Used plastic containers end up as clean pelletized feedstock for new containers, or oily plastic flake for guardrails, fence posts, landscape ties, pipe and parking curbs, as well as for plastic durable goods such as patio furniture and flower pots.

Where to recycle used oil & antifreeze materials in Saskatchewan.

What’s the difference between a collection facility and EcoCentre?

A collection facility is a business such as a garage or automotive retail outlet that will accept all or some of the used oil and antifreeze materials (oil, filters, antifreeze, plastic containers). Some collection facilities will accept materials from everyone but some will only accept from their customers. Please check before dropping off.

An EcoCentre (pictured at right) is a specially built structure provided as a drop-off point for small volume generator who wish to safely dispose of their used oil and antifreeze materials.

Purpose-built EcoCentres are located in Bengough, Biggar, Creighton/Flin Flon, Davidson, Eston, Esterhazy, Fort QuʼAppelle, Gravelbourg, Grenfell, Hudson Bay, Humboldt, La Ronge, Leader, Maple Creek, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Nipawin, Outlook, Preeceville, Prince Albert, Redvers, Regina, Rosetown, Saskatoon, Shaunavon, Spiritwood, Swift Current, Unity, Watrous, Weyburn, Wynyard, and Yorkton.

Click here for the full list of recycling locations including EcoCentres.

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

Saskatchewan has a network of nearly 200 year-round collection facilities and EcoCentres in nearly 200 communities. These are convenient drop-off points for what we call small generators. A do-it-yourself mechanic, a farmer or small business may have small quantities of used oil, antifreeze, filters and plastic containers that can be easily transported to a nearby collection facility. For the facility nearest you, click here. Or call SARRC’s toll free telephone number at 1-877-645-7275.

Disposing of large quantities of used oil & antifreeze materials.

Can my business become a registered collector and receive the RI?

If your business is interested in becoming a registered collector, review the SARRC Collector & Processor Manual for application forms and conditions or registration, payment and operating requirements.

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

Contact one of over 30 SARRC registered collectors who will make arrangements to pick up your used oil and antifreeze materials at your business or on your farm. Click here for the list of Collectors. Or call SARRC’s toll free telephone number 1-877-645-7275.

Where do collectors take the used oil and antifreeze materials?

Collectors are required to take all used oil and antifreeze materials to government-approved processors either in Saskatchewan, western Canada, or the United States.

Will the collector charge me for the pick up?

SARRC stimulates the return of material by providing a Freight Equalized Return Incentive (RI) to registered collectors at a level that allows the collector to compensate generators for their used oil and antifreeze materials, depending on the competitive market, and depending on the amount of material the generator has.  (When contacting a collector, please verify ahead of time if the collector pays for used oil and antifreeze materials, and what minimum amounts they require before they will come to your site to pick up).
The RI applies throughout the province. If you have any questions about this please contact SARRC at 1-877-645-7275 or at 1-306-652-7217. Or e-mail SARRC at sarrc@usedoilrecycling.ca

Used oil products that can be recycled.

As a farmer, I store my 20-litre plastic pails for possible future use. Why should I recycle these?

Empty 20-litre plastic pails are certainly useful. In fact, Saskatchewan farmers annually re-use 80% of their 20-litre pails. SARRC estimates that over half a million pails are stored on farms and growing at 35,000 pails a year.

But you’ll probably never reuse them all. So clear the excess out of your storage areas and return them for recycling and reuse. Please don’t burn them because plastics emit dangerous toxins.

What plastic oil containers are accepted for recycling?

You can bring in any plastic container with a capacity of 50 litres or less that is manufactured to hold oil.

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 types of 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.

See for yourself how well the Saskatchewan used oil and antifreeze materials recycling program is doing.

How is the recycling of used antifreeze, and used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers going?

Since antifreeze collection officially started on April 1, 2014, 1.1 million litres of antifreeze have been recycled. In 2018, 258,043 litres of used antifreeze were collected, resulting in a recycling rate of 16% for the year.

Since 1996, 6.6 million kilograms of used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers have been recycled.

The total weight of used oil, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers sold decreased 6.5% from 2017 to 1.07 million kilograms in 2018. Container recycling increased from 0.445 million kilograms in 2017 to 0.466 million kilograms in 2018, with the container recycling rate at 44%.

Several years ago, SARRC commissioned an extensive plastic oil container study on recycling and reuse. The results found that Saskatchewan farmers annually re-use about 80% of their 20-litre pails, resulting in a 24% province-wide container re-used rate.

With annual recycling rates for used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers at 44%, the annual re-use/recycling rate was 68% in 2018.

Since 1996, how many litres of used oil have been recycled?

Since 1996, 361 million litres of used oil have been recycled.

In 2018, 18.3 million litres of used oil were recycled in the province, down 1% from 2017. With used oil available for collection in 2018 dropping 7.7% to 24.6 million litres, the collection rate decreased to 74%.

Since 1996, how many used oil filters have been recycled?

The program has seen 38 million filters recycled since 1996.

Oil filter recycling in 2018 was up from 2017 with 1.899 million filters recycled. However, the amount of oil filters sold in 2018 increased 10%, resulting in the filter recycling rate of 75% of the units sold. However, the filter recycling rate in 2018 was 90% when looking at the mass of filters. This suggests that the larger filters contained in heavy machinery are being collected at a greater rate than small automotive filters.

SARRC is part of a national organization NUOMAAC (National Used Oil Material and Antifreeze Advisory Council)

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

NUOMAAC (National Used Oil Material and Antifreeze Advisory Council) is comprised of the seven national used oil management programs:
NUOMAAC coordinates the Canada-wide used oil and antifreeze materials recycling effort and encourages consistent national standards for this unique and successful industry-led stewardship recycling program. The seven associations that guide the Canadian used oil and antifreeze recycling programs exist to promote and facilitate the recovery of valuable, non-renewable resources by providing consumers (small volume users such as do-it-yourselfers and farmers) with a simple, convenient way to dispose of used oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze, and used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers.*  Each operates a single, comprehensive, cost-effective, sustainable and province-wide program.
* Currently Alberta only recycles used oil, filters and plastic oil containers; only Saskatchewan recycles DEF containers.

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