The Humboldt Sarcan location had a lot to celebrate this past year, including their grand opening at their new depot location on 13th street on Aug. 22.
Members of the Humboldt community gathered together with members of the city and provincial government to cut the ribbon at the new facility, which is three times larger than their previous location and has been an improvement for staff and customers, says Amy McNeil, executive director of Sarc/Sarcan Recycling.
The new location allows employees to process more containers efficiently and effectively, she says.
“Customers have a more enhanced customer experience. There’s better parking, automated doors, a designated drop-n-go.”
With new innovations and improvements, Sarcan is continuing to grow, says McNeil, “day by day, can by can.”
The Humboldt location saw 4.6 million beverage containers pass through their facility in 2017 and received the accuracy award during the Customer Service Awards back in May.
These two things together make for an impressive depot, says the Government of Saskatchewan’s Environment Minister Dustin Duncan who spoke at the event.
“We have one of the most successful beverage container recycling programs in this country with more than 80 per cent of containers consistently returned for recycling. The success of Sarcan’s recycling program can be attributed to the dedication of Sarcan’s employees and the people of Saskatchewan.”
This year has also been the 30th anniversary of Sarcan Recycling being in Saskatchewan, including in Humboldt.
The model and partnerships that have carried Sarcan to their 30th anniversary is one that other provincial systems are envious of, says McNeil.
“When we walk through other depots, they don’t have the bright shiny walls, there’s not the pride that is seen in these depots, and I just want to say that we are the envy of recycling systems.”
Seeing Sarcan grow in Humboldt to the point of expanding into their new location gives us tremendous pride, says City of Humboldt councilor, Michael Behiel.
“The loyalty of the employees and the pride you take in what you do truly says what Humboldt is all about. Commitment, loyalty, and faith. Be proud of who you are, your accomplishments, and your future.”
The city and residents of Humboldt stand behind and support the depot, says Behiel.