My hope is that most folks take their bottles and cans to the bottle depot, rather than putting them straight into the garbage or recycling bags. Yes, you can put them in your recycling bags in the City of Edmonton, but you’ll see why I don’t suggest to do that in a moment. However, I know that some people still don’t know that you can recycle bottles and cans AND get your deposit back on them.
So, my pitch to you is firstly, ensure you are collecting and preparing your bottles and cans properly – anything that you paid a deposit for at the store and most bottles and cans purchased from vending machines can go to the bottle depot. Ensure all of the liquid is out and that the outside of the cans/bottles aren’t covered in nastiness (i.e. did your toddler spill apple sauce on their bottle of juice? Give it a quick rinse). Remove all lids – these are NOT recyclable, they are too small. However, they could make a neat craft or art project! If you’re not going to keep them for something, toss them in the garbage. Make sure any glass is not broken – let’s keep our workers safe!
Okay, so now that your bottles and cans are prepared, and if you can afford to do so, I recommend taking the deposit cash you get back and donating it to a charity or non-profit in your community. Shameless plug, the improv company I’m in, Rapid Fire Theatre, will accept your bottles/cans through the Skip the Depot app. Honestly, it can’t get easier than this – I don’t even need to leave my house! Skip the Depot will pick up the bottles/cans on an assigned date from your home and donate the majority of the deposit earned back to organizations registered through them. It is so simple, and it’s an easy way to give back to my favourite organizations. To register for Skip the Depot to donate to Rapid Fire Theatre, check out the link on this page: https://rapidfiretheatre.com/donate/
For more information on Skip the Depot, check it out here: https://skipthedepot.com
If you like the ritual of bagging your bottles and cans and taking them to the recycling depots yourself, I would still recommend taking the cash you get back and making a donation to an organization that could use it. It’s a small but simple way to continually give back to the community, and keep bottles and cans out of the garbage too!