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Take it, don’t break it. Pilot program encourages glass drop-off at SARCAN depots

For immediate release: February 27, 2019 - 1:53pm

Approximately 90 percent of glass is broken by the time it is sorted for recycling.

In a step to improve the amount of glass that can be recycled, a pilot program in partnership with SARCAN will enable residents to take their glass items to SARCAN depots.

“We scanned blue bin programs across Canada, and noticed that single stream collection programs may not be the most effective in recycling glass products since so much of the glass gets broken.  While less people might use a depot, the overall percentage of glass that gets recycled can actually improve”, said Amber Weckworth, Manager of Education and Environmental Performance. 

While the current Blue Bin program will still accept household glass material, residents are encouraged to ‘take it, don’t break it’ and avoid broken glass during collections by taking clean glass jars and bottles to their nearest SARCAN recycling depot.

SARCAN Locations

  • East Depot – 350B-103 Street East
  • North Depot – 2327 Faithfull Avenue
  • South Depot – Avalon Plaza 20A - 2605 Broadway Avenue
  • West Depot – 7 - 2305 22nd Street W

 What you can recycle

  • Food container jars – jam, pickles, peanuts, sauces, etc.
  • Beverage glass bottles
  • Food glass bottles – olive oil, etc. 

The following items are not accepted in the SARCAN pilot program: excessively dirty glass; broken containers; Pyrex; ceramics; dishes; drinking glasses; carboys and jugs from homemade wine kits; mirrors; light bulbs; and glass home décor.

 What you need to know

  • Glass that has no deposit paid at the time of purchase, results in no refund given at SARCAN.
  • Clean glass jars and bottles before taking items to SARCAN.
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