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How Does a Recycling Depot Work?

How Does a Recycling Depot Work?

How Does a Recycling Depot Work?

A recycling depot has all sorts of benefits – not only does it help save the environment, but it also raises awareness about environmental issues and decreases pollution.

So, how do recycling depots work, and what can you do to help them?

What You Need to Know About Bottle Depots

When bottle depots receive recyclable containers, they process the containers and recycle them for reuse. There are many different benefits that recycling has, including:

  • Reduces carbon emissions
  • Saves money
  • Brings people together
  • Conserves our natural resources
  • Protects our ecosystems
  • Protects our wildlife
  • Educates people about the importance of protecting the environment

Before You Donate to a Bottle Depot

Go through all the recyclables in your homes to find out what recyclable containers you have that you can donate. Most people don’t know that they can donate bottles to bottle depots and get their money back. You might be surprised by what a bottle depot takes!

What You Can Donate

Here are just a few of the recyclable containers you can donate to a bottle depot.

  • Aluminum cans
  • Drink box
  • Small plastic
  • Small glass
  • Beer bottles
  • Beer cans
  • Small alcohol plastic
  • Small alcohol glass
  • Pop bottles

Rinsing Your Containers

Before giving your bottles to a bottle depot, we recommend rinsing your containers. Some containers are messy and carry a lot of bacteria. This way, you keep the bottle depot a cleaner environment for people to bring their recyclables.

Remove Items Like Cartons or Plastic Rings

Try to remember to remove items the beverage container came with – like plastic rings. Removing things like plastic rings helps speed up the processing time. We do, however, recommend holding onto beer cases so that we can also recycle them.

Pre-Sorting Helps

While you don’t have to pre-sort your bottles based on sizing, it does help speed up a bottle depot’s processing time. When you help speed up a bottle depot’s processing time, you can quickly help people in need and do your part in ensuring we protect the environment in the most efficient way possible.

Consider Donating

By donating your bottle refund to a charity, you can help raise millions of dollars for people living in Vancouver who are in need.

We Work With the Community to Help Promote a Safer Environment

Bottle Depot is the largest beverage container recycler on Vancouver Island. We are locally owned and operated since 1994. In fact, we have donated over $300,000 to charities and help local communities raise money through their bottle drives. We are passionate about recycling and proud of the positive impact on the environment and the community.

We want you to help! By donating your bottles, you help protect our precious natural resources and help people in need – and that’s what we love to do best!

Team up with our Calgary bottle return depot to preserve the environment and support local charities.

Bottle Depots are Doing Their Part – And So Can You!

Recycling reduces the need to harvest or extract raw materials from the earth. As an essential service, your local bottle depot is doing what it can to ensure the community’s health and safety and the environment.

Recycling is critical to ensure the health of our planet. When you organize recycling, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste produced every day.

If you are looking for the best way to get rid of your recycling, you can visit us here or get in contact with us here. If you have any questions or concerns about how beverage recycling works, let us know! We are happy to answer any questions you might have and guide you in the right direction.

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What Are the Benefits of Recyclable Containers?

What Are the Benefits of Recyclable Containers?

What Are the Benefits of Recyclable Containers?

What do you know about recyclable containers in Calgary, as well as the different benefits recycling provides?

There are all sorts of benefits of recyclable containers. Not only do they help prevent pollution, but they also save energy and promote a greener environment.

There are many different types of containers that you can recycle in Alberta. Here’s what you need to know about them.

What Are Bottle Drives?

Here’s What You Should Know About Recyclable Containers in Alberta.

In Alberta, beverage containers holding 1L or less allow a 10 cent deposit per container, while beverage containers that hold over 1L equal a 25 cent deposit.

The revenue recycling fee for recyclable containers in Alberta supports the costs of collection, transportation, handling, and processing of recyclable containers. Fees differ from container to container because the price and cost to process each container vary based on the material type.

Recyclable containers maintain and preserve a clean environment by preventing pollution. In addition, when we return recyclable containers, we save energy and reduce the demand for raw materials. 

What Do Recyclable Containers Turn Into?

Recycling beverage containers turns them into fibreglass, clothing, carpeting, and more. Here are just a few of the materials that recyclable containers can turn into.

Aluminum Cans

When you recycle aluminum cans, they go through a 60-day process which turns them into brand new aluminum cans.

Clear Plastic Containers

Clear PET (polyethylene terephthalate) containers turn into pellets or flakes, which manufacturers use to create new clothing or food-grade beverage containers.

Coloured Plastic Containers

Coloured plastic containers turn into pellets or flakes to create non-food plastic products.

Glass Containers

In Alberta, recycling facilities crush glass containers into tiny little glass beads. Next, machines spin these glass beads into skinny strings, which then turn into fibreglass insulation. 

In other areas around the world, facilities add glass to street painting, which helps make it much more reflective.

Tetra Brik Containers

Tetra Brik containers are a part of the Polycoat group.  Paper, aluminum, and plastic make up these types of containers. When separating the three different types of material, each container must go through a hydro-pulping process.

Gable Top Cartons

Recycling facilities separate Gable Top cartons into two different material types: paper and plastic. When recycling these products, the container goes through a hydro-pulping process, turning 90% of the paper into various products, including toilet paper, writing paper, and more. 

Bi-Metal Beverage Containers

Bi-Metal beverage containers turn into car parts, grinding rods for mining, construction rebar, and more.

What are the Benefits of Recycling Beverage Containers?

There are many different benefits to recycling beverage containers. Here are just a few of them.

  • Reduces waste
  • Brings communities together
  • Educates children
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Prevents pollution
  • Saves Energy
  • Prevents emissions from greenhouse gases
  • Generates less solid waste
  • Protects the environment
  • Reduces the size of landfills
  • Saves money
  • Protects wildlife and ecosystems
  • Offers more employment opportunities 
  • Creates cleaner communities

Bottle Depots are Doing Their Part – And So Can You!

There are many ways recycling helps protect the environment. It also saves energy and creates a healthier living environment. 

In addition to the above, recycling reduces the need to harvest or extract raw materials from the earth. As an essential service, your local bottle depot is doing what it can to ensure the health and safety of both the community and the environment.

Recycling is critical to ensure the health of our planet. When you organize recycling, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste produced every day. 

If you are looking for the best way to get rid of your recycling, or if you want to learn more about recyclable containers, you can visit us here or get in contact with us here.

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Why Is Recycling Important? 10 Benefits of Recycling

Why Is Recycling Important? 10 Benefits of Recycling

Why Is Recycling Important? 10 Benefits of Recycling

Why Is Recycling Important? Top 10 Benefits of Recycling

Why is recycling important, and how can it benefit the environment?

There are multiple reasons why recycling is crucial. Not only can it reduce your carbon footprint, but it also helps reduce the need for harvesting raw materials, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gases, prevents pollution, and more.

By improving our recycling habits, we can help keep the environment clean and preserve our natural resources.  Country Hills Bottle Depot is committed to all recycling practices.

Here are the benefits of recycling and how it can help the environment.There are multiple reasons.

Why is it Important to Organize Recycling?

1. It Protects Ecosystems and Wildlife

When we recycle, we lessen disruption to the natural world. When we cut down fewer trees and forests, we are preventing harm to animals. By reducing disruption and damage to the natural world, we help preserve ecosystems and wildlife. 

2. Conserves Our Natural Resources

Some of the world’s natural resources are in short supply, and when we recycle, we help conserve these natural resources.

When we recycle paper, we save forests and trees. When we recycle plastic, it takes up a lot of solid waste and can take centuries to break down. In addition to this, most plastic comes from fossil fuel hydrocarbons.

Recycling metals reduces the need to extract new metal ore while recycling glass reduces our need for certain raw materials like sand.

3. Recycling Helps Saves Energy

Making products from recycled materials requires less energy than making them from new, raw materials. It takes much less energy to make products out of recycled materials than from raw materials. For example, recycling one glass bottle saves enough power to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. 

4. Reduces the Need For New Raw Materials

When we recycle, it reduces our need to harvest raw materials. Our increasing demand for these raw materials also displaces people who live near forests or around river systems. When we recycle, we reduce the possibility of damaging someone else’s land or community.

5. Reduces Carbon Emissions

Recycling takes up less energy, which reduces our carbon footprint and emissions. Reducing our carbon footprint helps minimize methane-release waste from landfill sites, which contributes to climate change.

6. Recycling Saves Money

Recycling waste is much cheaper than regular waste collection and disposal. The more we recycle, the more money we can save. Deposit returns can also help add financial incentives to recycle.

Recycling can help protect the environment while conserving natural resources. It is critical to recycle and minimize the amount of waste we are putting into the atmosphere. Doing so can help save energy, reduce landfill waste, and protect our environment.

7. It Can Bring People Together

Recycling brings communities together and helps people raise money for schools, colleges, hospitals, and more. These recycling drives make towns and cities happier and cleaner.

8. Educates People About the Importance of Protecting the Environment

When communities come together to raise awareness about recycling, it teaches people about the importance of protecting the environment and how to do so. Educating people about protecting the environment can help equip future generations with the knowledge and understanding they need to reduce pollution.

9. Recycling Can Creates Jobs

Recycling creates new jobs every year. Jobs in recycling include sorters, drivers, mechanics, technicians, and more. 

10. Reduces Incineration

When we recycle, we reprocess materials to make new products, reducing the amount of waste sent for incineration.

  1. Other Recyclable Items

Other recyclable items include:

  • Plastic bags 
  • Overwrap and foam packaging
  • Batteries
  • Appliances
  • Light bulb

Click here for information about other recycling options and locations.

  1. Final Tips
  • When you organize recycling, do not include garbage and food waste.
  • Include only empty packaging and containers
  • Rinse your containers
  • Ensure all aerosol containers are empty
  • Flatten containers and cartons 

When you organize recycling, everyone benefits. Follow the above tips to ensure that your local recycling facility collects and recycles properly!

Bottle Depots are Doing Their Part – And So Can You!

Recycling reduces the need to harvest or extract raw materials from the earth. As an essential service, your local bottle depot is doing what it can to ensure the health and safety of both the community and the environment.

Recycling is critical to ensure the health of our planet. When you organize recycling, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste produced every day. Country Hills Bottle Depot is committed to helping you recycle in a safe and effective manner!

If you are looking for the best way to get rid of your recycling, you can visit us here or get in contact with us here.

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Why Bottle Depots are an Essential Service During COVID-19

Why Bottle Depots are an Essential Service During COVID-19

Why Bottle Depots are an Essential Service During COVID-19

Did you know that a bottle depot, such as Country Hill Depot, is an essential service during COVID-19?

Bottle depots in Alberta are currently open amid the coronavirus pandemic for many reasons; if you wonder when – or if – you can return beverage containers for a refund, you’re in luck.

In Alberta, new provincial restrictions ensure that the beverage container recycling industry is protecting the safety of customers and staff.

With these new safety measures in place, Albertans ask what rules they must follow to recycle their beverage containers.

Recycling helps protect the environment, which is why bottle depots are an essential service. Here are answers to common questions about what your local bottle depot is doing to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

Is my local bottle depot open during the pandemic?

In Alberta, bottle depots are an essential service. Most of them remain open during the pandemic, although some may have reduced hours. Click here to find an open bottle depot near you. Be sure to call your local depot first to ensure that the hours of operation listed on the website are up to date.

What are the safety measures in place at bottle depots to ensure my safety?

Bottle depots all across the province have many different safety measures to protect you and prevent the spread of the virus. These measures vary according to the size and setup of the bottle depot itself. These measures include:

  • Social distancing
  • COVID signage
  • Plastic barriers placed between staff and customers
  • Regular cleaning and sanitizing of areas
  • Masked staff
  • Limiting depot visits to just one person per family

In addition to these safety measures, bottle depots are working together very closely with Alberta Health Services inspectors to ensure all precautions are in place for the well-being of customers and staff members.

What are the capacity restrictions at bottle depots?

Because the Alberta government has deemed bottle depots an essential service, they are exempt from the maximum capacity limit of 15% occupancy set by the Alberta Fire Code for retail businesses.

That said, many bottle depots can choose to limit the capacity at their discretion.

Will my local bottle depot have a lineup?

Due to social distancing requirements, bottle depots can limit the number of people allowed inside at one time, so there may be lineups at some bottle depots. Each depot is working hard to provide safe and efficient service to reduce any wait times.

You can also call ahead to find out the best time to visit your local depot.

I would prefer not to visit a bottle depot at the moment. How can I recycle my beverage containers?

You can store your beverage containers outside, in a garage, or in a shed. Be sure to rinse all your containers to prevent any insects or wildlife from getting to them. We also suggest using a reusable bag or certified compostable bag. If you cannot store your containers outside, we recommend keeping them in a water-tight bin in your home.

You can also consider donating your beverage containers to a local charity.

Can I put my containers in the garbage to make it easier?

It is always best to recycle your beverage containers. Remember: you paid a deposit for the containers, and by putting them in the garbage, you are throwing away money. In addition to this, putting recyclable containers in the garbage causes harm to the environment.

You can return your empty containers for a full refund at any time.

Taking your empty containers to a bottle depot ensures that they maintain their value and that recycling facilities can turn them into new types of products. It would be best if you always recycled beverage containers so as not to end up in landfills. You are doing your part when you recycle them.

Bottle Depots Are Doing Their Part – and You Can Help Too!

As an essential service, your local bottle depot is doing what it can to ensure the health and safety of both the community and the environment.

Recycling is critical to ensure the health of our planet. By doing your part in following precautions during the pandemic and taking your items to bottle depots, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste produced every day.

Visit our bottle return depot to get the full refund on your recyclables even during the pandemic.

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Why You Should Use Bottle Drives to Raise Money!

Why You Should Use Bottle Drives to Raise Money!

Why You Should Use Bottle Drives to Raise Money!

Learn Why You Should Use Bottle Drives to Raise Money!

Bottle drives are an amazing way to raise money for your charity. They are convenient and straightforward to organize, and they also teach the community about the importance of recycling.

What Are Bottle Drives?

Bottle drives are a method of fundraising used by people of all ages. The premise of a bottle drive is to raise money from bottle returns. They are easy to plan and execute. Here are some tips.

Start by finding out how much bottles and other recyclables are worth in your area. Once you find out how much bottles are worth, you can start planning the drive. Hand out flyers to your friends, neighbours, and family. Spread the word on social media about the bottle drive and the cause you are raising money for.

Choose a cause that is close to your heart. It can be anything you desire. Pick a location where you can hold the drive. It can be in a school gym, your driveway, a parking lot, or any other space.

If you do not have a huge budget, you can also opt to pick up bottles from people. All you have to do is give your friends and neighbours a date so that they have time to collect their bottles, and then you can go pick them up.

When you have collected all your bottles, be sure to separate the bottles and cans. Once you’ve done this, you can transport the bottles to the depot.

Tips for a Successful Bottle Drive With Country Hills!

There are a few helpful tips that can help your bottle drive become a success. Here are a few of them.

Additional tips can be found here!

1. Get Organized

Form a group of people who are willing to help with the bottle drive. Have one person in charge of advertising and promoting the drive, one person in charge of volunteer recruitment, another person in charge of sorting, etc. Doing so will help ensure that the entire process runs smoothly.

2. Get the Word Out

Start advertising your bottle drive as early as possible. You can do this by handing out flyers, promoting on social media, and by word of mouth. Remind people about the bottle drive two weeks in advance and again a few days before the event. You can also advertise on community websites and post on community boards.

3. Plan it Out

Before the event, make sure that you plan the outline of the day. It would help if you also created a specific timeline of events. Make the event fun, and be sure to remind people why you are raising the money. Don’t forget to thank people for coming out and supporting you.

Benefits of Bottle Drives

Not only do bottle drives raise money and awareness for a specific organization, but they also help save the planet at the same time.

Another great benefit of bottle drives is that they are a great way to teach people about the benefits of recycling. By organizing a bottle drive, you are helping to send a message to the community about the importance of our planet’s health.

Believe it or not, many people are unaware of the benefits of recycling. Bottle drives can help you share this knowledge and can go a long way in helping the environment.

Bottle Drives Are Great for the Community and the Environment

Bottle drives promote teamwork and help build a community. When people work towards a common goal in their community, it brings them together and teaches them about the importance of working together.

If you want to promote the importance of recycling in your community and raise money for a good cause, bottle drives are a great way to do it. All it takes is a little bit of planning and a goal to help a specific cause or charity.

Remember: it’s easy to recycle, and it all begins at home. Once it starts at home, you can promote it in the community and do your part in creating and sustaining a healthy environment.

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How to Organize Recycling

How to Organize Recycling

How to Organize Recycling

Do you know how to organize recycling?

Depending on where you live, you might have to sort paper and cardboard into a different collection container from metal and plastic packaging and cartons and coffee cups. 

These are multi-stream collections, which have multiple compartments for materials.

If you’re not sure how it works, here’s a quick run-down: when the truck arrives at a sorting facility, the paper and cardboard go in one area while the metal, plastic, cartons, and coffee cups are unloaded in another area.

Why is it Important to Organize Recycling?

When you organize recycling, it helps ensure that different materials do not end up in the same mix. 

By sorting out our recycling, items like non-deposit containers are sorted from the trash and unloaded in another area at the facility.

Materials like paper and cardboard go to remanufacturers while the metal, plastic, and cartons go through their own shipment process.

Single-Stream Recycling

Most communities sort and collect cardboard and paper in the same collection container as plastic and metal packaging and coffee cups. The collection truck empties these items at the sorting facility.

These trucks typically collect on-deposit glass containers and put them in a separate compartment to go to another area at the sorting facility. This is the single-stream recycling process.

During the single-stream recycling process, everything excluding glass is processed and baled for shipment to material remanufacturers. 

Many communities collect cardboard and paper in the same collection container as plastic and metal packaging. These items go to the same place at the sorting facility.

Tips to Organize Recycling

  1. Set Out Packing and Printed Papers Separately

Check with your local recycling collector for instructions on when and how to set out your recycling. Here is a list of items that most recycling programs accept:

  • Flyers
  • Office paper
  • Letters and envelopes
  • Boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Shredded paper

When you organize recycling, be sure to flatten large cardboard boxes that do not fit in the collection container. Place them beside the container.

  1. Sort Your Blue Box Items

Blue box items include cartons and coffee cups as well as plastic and metal packaging bags. Here is a list of blue box items:

  • Plastic jugs
  • Jars
  • Tubs
  • Jars
  • Garden plan plots
  • Takeout containers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Metal cans for food
  • Spiral-wound cans for frozen juice
  • non-deposit glass bottles and jars for vinegar, edible oils, spreads, etc.
  1. Other Recyclable Items

Other recyclable items include:

  • Plastic bags 
  • Overwrap and foam packaging
  • Batteries
  • Appliances
  • Light bulb

Click here for information about other recycling options and locations.

  1. Final Tips
  • When you organize recycling, do not include garbage and food waste.
  • Include only empty packaging and containers
  • Rinse your containers
  • Ensure all aerosol containers are empty
  • Flatten containers and cartons 

When you organize recycling, everyone benefits. Follow the above tips to ensure that your local recycling facility collects and recycles properly!

Bottle Depots is Doing Their Part – And So Can You!

As an essential service, your local bottle depot is doing what it can to ensure the health and safety of both the community and the environment.

Recycling is critical to ensure the health of our planet. When you organize recycling, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste produced every day. 

If you are looking for the best way to get rid of your recycling, you can visit or get in contact with us.

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10 Recycling Facts That You Need to Know

10 Recycling Facts That You Need to Know

10 Recycling Facts That You Need to Know

What recycling facts do you know? 

You might be surprised by the exciting things you can learn about recycling if you take the time to learn about it. For example, did you know that recycling has been around for thousands of years?

Interesting, right?

Well, there’s a lot to learn about recycling, and you’ve reached the right place. We’ve rounded up ten of the most exciting recycling facts you should know. These facts will help you better understand why recycling is so important and its role in a healthy environment.

10 Amazing Recycling Facts

1. In an average year, North Americans throw out enough trash that can circle the earth 24 times.

Did you know that millions of people around North America do not correctly recycle their trash? Millions upon millions of recyclable items are thrown in the trash every day. It is estimated that Americans alone throw out almost 100 million steel and tin cans every day.

17 trees are saved every year by recycling one ton of paper. 

Are you aware of the vital role that trees play in the earth’s health? One single tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants found in the air every year. 

By recycling, you can save trees and, in turn, help significantly reduce pollutants in the air. 

2. By recycling aluminum cans, you can save 95% of the energy that is used to make new ones.

By recycling just one single aluminum can, you can save enough energy that can power a 100-watt light bulb for a total of 20 hours. 

Due to modern advanced technology, today’s recycling facilities can process over 3500 pounds of aluminum per hour. This aluminum can then be reused in other types of products.

3. Over 5 billion styrofoam cups are thrown into the trash every year.

Can you guess how long it takes styrofoam to decompose in a landfill?

500 years.

By simply switching to mugs or reusable cups, you can save all of that time and help support a healthier planet. Mugs or reusable cups can be reused for years and years on end.

4. Millions of plastic straws are thrown away every single day.

Plastic straws tend to contaminate recycling waste streams. Even though plastic straws are made from recyclable plastic, most recycling machines can’t recycle them because they’re too small and light, so they are often disposed of as garbage through the recycling process.

Plastic straws cannot be recycled because of the chemicals they are made of. Because of this, they cannot be broken down and end up in waterways, causing large amounts of unnecessary plastic pollution.

6. Every year, over 10 million tons of glass jars and bottles are thrown into landfills.

Glass is 100% recyclable, but many people throw it in the trash because they do not have available curbside recycling for glass. This is why it is recommended to use glass containers.

The energy that is saved from recycling glass can reduce air pollution by 20%. It can also cause 50% less water pollution. In addition to this, modern glass bottles take over 4000 years to decompose.

7. There are more plastic pieces in the ocean than there are stars in the entire galaxy.

Did you know that there are 51 trillion microplastic particles found in the sea?

Plastic does not biodegrade when it reaches the ocean, while other materials like paper do. Plastic only breaks down into even smaller pieces of plastic. These small pieces of plastic are called microplastics. 

Not only do these microplastics make their way into the ocean, but they also get into our bodies through our food and groundwater.

8. Every ear, 1 trillion plastic bags are used around the world.

Despite the fact that plastic bags can be recycled in separate waste streams, most people throw them into the trash. These plastic bags meanwhile sit in landfills around the world.

This is why it is becoming more and more important to use reusable bags or reuse plastic bags and recycle them when they are no longer usable. This will significantly reduce the amount of plastic bags that sit in landfills.

9. 46 gallons of oil are saved by recycling one ton of cardboard.

Online shopping has increased tremendously, particularly since the start of the pandemic. Every single day, millions of products are being delivered in cardboard boxes. 

Recycling cardboard uses significantly less energy than creating new cardboard. In fact, recycling cardboard only takes 7% of the energy needed to produce cardboard out of new materials.

10. Americans use more than 80,000,000,000 aluminum cans every single year. 

Most of these cans end up in landfills. Every month, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet. When an aluminum beverage can is recycled, it can return to grocery store shelves as new cans just 90 days after collection.

Which recycling facts surprised you the most?

Recycle Today. It Matters.

Recycling is crucial for the health of our planet and our future generations. It is easy to recycle – and it all begins at home. By changing the way we think and act about recycling, we can significantly improve the earth’s health, keep the environment clean, save energy, and reduce the amount of waste we produce. Recycle today! Remember – it matters.