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 generators who wish to safely dispose of their used oil and antifreeze materials.

Purpose-built EcoCentres are located in Bengough, Biggar, Buffalo Narrows, Creighton/Flin-Flon, Davidson, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Gravelbourg, Grenfell, Hudson Bay, Humboldt, Eston, La Ronge, Leader, Maple Creek, Meadow Lake, Melville, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Nipawin, North Battleford, 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 37 purpose-built EcoCentres in major communities, with nearly 130 drop-off points province-wide. 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 of 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?

Any plastic container with a capacity of 50 litres or less, that is manufactured to hold oil, can be recycled at drop-off facilities and EcoCentres listed on our website.

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 oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze, and used oil/antifreeze/DEF containers going?

From January 1 to December 31, 2021

  • 0.410 million kilograms of used oil, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers;
  • 1.5 million used oil filters;
  • 16.7 million litres of used oil; and
  • 0.271 million litres of used antifreeze were recycled.

Since the program began (Oct 1997 to Dec 2021)

  • 7.9 million kilograms of used oil, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers;
  • 42.5 million used oil filters;
  • 411.6 million litres of used oil; and
  • since April 1, 2014, 1.99 million litres of used antifreeze have been recycled.

In 2021 SARRC’s program saved 50,976 tonnes CO2 equivalent, that’s like taking 10,984 gasoline-powered vehicles off the road.*

* Based on Natural Resources Canada’s average emissions for a Canadian vehicle of 4,300kg of CO2 equivalent/year.

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 eight 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 eight 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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