Broadview’s Sarcan Recycling depot is interested in securing a new lease facility in the near future.
Southeast regional manager Ray Sass attended the March 21 town council meeting to present an operation overview detailing Sarcan’s plans for the future and to make a request of the Town on tax concessions, reduction in the purchase price of property, the cost of the installation of utilities and sharing in the cost of an environmental study for potential property.
Sarcan’s current lease with their present landlord is set to expire June 2015, and will unlikely be renewed due to space constraints and increased volume at the facility.
“The lease expires in three years at Broadview, and because of the growth of the current facility, it’s not going to be suitable in three years time. So for future planning, Sarcan is exploring the options of another building with the Town of Broadview,” Sass said in an interview with the Express. “These options could either be the purchase of property, the construction of a building or we could be looking at a current building that would become available at some point in time. All of the options are still out there.”
Broadview Sarcan is one of 12 Sarcan Recycling depot facilities in the southeast region. The depot, which falls under the medium classification, first opened in 1990 and has operated out of its current location (on Eighth Avenue) for 17 years. The current facility is approximately 2,000 square feet, although 2,500 square feet with a trailer height loading dock is required to accommodate growing demands.
Increased demand has become a provincial trend, with volume increasing seven per cent across Saskatchewan this year alone. Sass attributed the influx to new production lines and increased environmental consciousness.
He said new lines such as paint, beer bottle and electronic recycling have created a need for Sarcan to plan for the future, with an emphasis on productivity and efficiency.
“We need a building that’s able to handle the future volumes as well as new products down the road,” said Sass. “Recycling is a growing industry. There are more and more requirements for recycling so we need a building that will operate more efficiently five or 10 years down the road.”
Sarcan does not buy properties, and only leases facilities from developers/ landlords. Broadview Sarcan is in current discussions with a potential landlord although all avenues are still being explored.
“Town council is very interested in working with (Sarcan) to ensure they have a building in order to maintain services in town,” said Merv Schmidt, town administrator.
Sarcan returns millions of dollars into the pockets of residents and into the hands of business owners across Broadview and area. According to numbers provided by Sarcan, the volume for year ending March 21 totalled 1.6 million containers; in excess of $132 million was paid out in refunds, and three full-time-equivalent employee wages provided the town with a substantial economic spin-off.