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BC: change to bottle deposits, Oct 1, 2020

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Alivenate wrote: Ever tried the Express option? It's great and convenient. Just print out the label, slap it on a clear bag and it'll be sorted/counted and all you do is just drop it off. I was skeptical at first if they would count accurately but after counting my own cans/bottles at home before dropping them off to ensure accuracy, I'm happy to know that the count is the same that I have.
Even more convenient now.. you can request labels online. They'll send you a bunch. Stick it on the bag at home, and all you have to do is drop it off - no touching anything.

I use Express all the time.. only complaint is sometimes it takes a week or more before the bag is counted.

Ron.
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newfbc wrote: Even more convenient now.. you can request labels online. They'll send you a bunch. Stick it on the bag at home, and all you have to do is drop it off - no touching anything.

I use Express all the time.. only complaint is sometimes it takes a week or more before the bag is counted.

Ron.
I think that's cuz of COVID. Also, depends on where you drop it off. The Ironwood location in Richmond just off the highway does it either same day or within 24 hours so I've been going there recently.
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zod wrote: True but right now it's 5 cents a can so 60 cents for a 12 pack or 1.20 for a flat. There's a big difference between 60 cents and 20 dollars. Even doubling cans to 10 cents, smaller bottles to 25 cents, and bigger bottles to 50 cents would probably go a long way.
All cans are now 10c in BC. That's the reason for the new change is so that its simpler for the depot, essentially all cans and bottles of any size are 10 cents. The return it express is so easy I'm not sure why people wouldn't use it. I take the full clear bag and put the sticker on and toss it in the bin at the depot then usually next day or 2 I get it credited to my account. Since July last year I've redeemed $115.90 which is decent.
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Becks wrote: I thought U still get charged 20 cents deposit between Oct 1 - 11?
It's in the link, Oct 1-11 you are only charged 10 cents but get back 20 cents. I'm sure someone can find a way to make a decent profit from that.
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I signed up for Express return-it and I'm not looking back. Not sure why there are so many people still counting out their mountains of bottles at the depot, even during this COVID time. And they're not bums either, these are people driving up in their decent cars.

I went to drop off my bag of 1L bottles today sneaking in before the Oct 1 changeover. The parking lot for the depot was PACKED.. way busier than I've ever seen it. And everybody either counting their bottles inside or at the open trunk of their car. Guess they really want the instant gratification of cash in their pocket. :rolleyes:
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Phonophoresis wrote: I would agree - it's despicable how many people don't recycle & how much litter is on the street, in our parks, etc. Those glass organic milk bottle are a great example - people make damn sure to return those... I think they are like a $1 deposit? Clearly, the trick is putting a high enough valuation on the deposit to make it an actual incentive to return (or disincentive to not return).
You'd think so but unfortunately people are lazy. I see a lot of milk bottles from dairies still in operation at thrift shops. Sometimes I'll buy them cheap to return for full deposit but locally they run more than the deposit (and some of the dairies are far away and don't service the local area).
While I would be behind a massive bottle deposit hike, the trouble is, bottles/cans/tetra packs are usually sold in higher volumes. There is simply no way the masses would be okay paying like $20 for a case of pop.
Might discourage sales. I'm in favour.

I rode my bike to the local (Japanese) farm to get my weekly vegetable allotment yesterday. Picked up $1.10 in beers cans that were not on the same route 10 days earlier. Money goes to the non-profit thrift shops eventually. Amazing what 10¢ can still buy. Brand-new still sealed The Cardigans CD for one.
Cream rises to the top. So does scum.
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Make sure you recycle all bottles that are 1L and above before Oct 11.

Recycle before Oct 11 = Receive 20 cents/bottle
Recycle after Oct 11 = Receive 10 cents/bottle



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Luckily, Ontario is still $0.20/bottle. We are safe.
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That sucks. Good thing is $0.05 turns into $0.10

I got tons of cans
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oh no my retirement plan
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Why the change? Only affect 1L bottle?
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Anyone driving an empty mail truck either from BC to ON or ON to BC?
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Alivenate wrote: Ever tried the Express option? It's great and convenient. Just print out the label, slap it on a clear bag and it'll be sorted/counted and all you do is just drop it off. I was skeptical at first if they would count accurately but after counting my own cans/bottles at home before dropping them off to ensure accuracy, I'm happy to know that the count is the same that I have.
Never knew about it before I went in-person last week. My own anecdote on the depot being reliable: the Return-It depot staff actually corrected my total, granting me an additional few bucks in returns.

I think a lot of the "total discrepancies" come from people not understanding some containers are not credited, eg. Return-It will not pay for soy milk containers, but they look like juice containers, so people probably include them in their totals.
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funcanuck wrote: It's in the link, Oct 1-11 you are only charged 10 cents but get back 20 cents. I'm sure someone can find a way to make a decent profit from that.
Lol not in a way that's actually worth your time.
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Thanks OP for this post. It actually inspired me to take back ALL of my empties which have been collecting since COVID made taking returns to the store impossible. I have so much more room in my house now (and less guilt). :)

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