It’s been almost four months since SARCAN locations across the province closed down because of COVID-19, but depots across the province are getting ready to open to the public once again.
Management for all locations is busy right now preparing for the June 15 opening, said Sean Homenick, SARCAN’s communications manager, with new physical distancing measures being put in place. Customers will be asked to stay six feet apart and associates will monitor the depot’s capacity, he said.
Considering the depot has been closed since March, SARCAN depots are expecting large amounts of recycling coming in. Returns will be capped at $75 per customer, Homenick said, since locations will not be able to have huge amounts of money in their till to accommodate larger orders. They will be addressing large recycling issues with an associate minding the door and directing people accordingly, he said.
“They're gonna size up your order. If you have a huge order, they're going to take you probably to the back, and treat you like a bulk customer,” Homenick said.
Just like before the closures, customers are also being encouraged to use the drop and go service that was recently set up at some depots. This will allow customers to tag their bags and leave them without coming into close contact with SARCAN associates, he said.
All locations, with the exception of Buffalo Narrows and La Ronge, will be opening up on June 15, with SARC/SARCAN speaking with northern leaders before giving a definitive date for the two north Saskatchewan locations, Homenick said. The hope is they will open with the others, he said.