Used Oil Recycling Fee

Res #: 44-16A
Number: 44
Year: 2016
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS private companies that collect large quantities of used oil are now charging  an increased collection fee; and

WHEREAS an increased fee may deter people from recycling used oil, used oil filters and  used oil containers; and

WHEREAS  this may have negative environmental impacts;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to provide funding for the  collection of used oil, used oil filters and used oil containers to ensure that recycling of  used oil continues.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

June 7, 2016

The Used Oil, Filter, Antifreeze and Container Recycling Program is a provincial recycling program for used oil, used oil filters, used diesel fuel filters, used antifreeze, used oil containers,
used antifreeze containers and used diesel exhaust fluid containers. It has been operating since 1996 and is managed by the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation
(SARRC), which is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization. SAR RC operates the program on behalf of nearly 200 businesses (i.e., manufacturers, distributors and retailers) that distribute and sell oil, oil filters, diesel fuel filters, antifreeze or diesel exhaust fluid in Saskatchewan. As the program operator, SARRC’s sole source of funding is the recycling fees
levied on oil, oil filters, oil containers, diesel fuel filters, antifreeze, antifreeze containers and diesel exhaust fluid containers. These recycling fees are collected at point-of-sale by the
obligated businesses and then remitted directly to SARRC. The provincial and federal governments do not receive any of the recycling fee revenue collected from businesses.

SARRC uses the recycling fee revenue to fund the collection and recycling of the mentioned used containers. There are nearly 200 collection facilities located across the province that participate in SARRC’s program and accept these materials from the public and businesses. To encourage private sector collectors to collect their designated materials, SARRC pays registered collectors return incentives. The return incentives vary depending on the type of material collected and the region of the province. SARRC recently reviewed its return incentives and consequently they were increased in June 2015.

If you would like additional information regarding this program, I would encourage you to visit SARRC’s web site at

The Honourable Herb Cox – Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment