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Why Bottle Depots are an Essential Service During COVID-19

Why Bottle Depots are an Essential Service During COVID-19

Essential Service During COVID-19

Did you know that a bottle 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.

If you have any questions concerning any bottle recycling services, just give Walden Bottle Depot a call at (403) 930-6761 today.
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Why Is Recycling Important? 10 Benefits of Recycling

Why Is Recycling Important? 10 Benefits of Recycling

10 Benefits of Recycling

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

There are many reasons why recycling is essential. Not only can it help 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.

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

Why is Recycling Important?

1. 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. 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 to Harvest New 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. 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. Brings 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. 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.

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. 

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 concerning any bottle recycling services, just give Walden Bottle Depot a call at (403) 930-6761 today.
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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 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. Experts estimate that Americans alone throw out almost 100 million steel and tin cans every day.

2. 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. 

3. By recycling aluminum cans, you can save 95% of the energy required 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 is then recycled in other types of products.

4. 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. Many people use mugs or reusable cups for years and years on end.

5. 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 plastic pieces. 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 waste we produce. Recycle today! Remember – it matters.

If you have any questions concerning any bottle recycling services, just give Walden Bottle Depot a call at (403) 930-6761 today.
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How to Organize Recycling: Tips from Walden Bottle Depot

How to Organize Recycling: Tips from Walden Bottle Depot

How to Organize Recycling: Tips

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 shipment.

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 us here or get in contact with us here.

If you have any questions concerning any bottle recycling services, just give Walden Bottle Depot a call at (403) 930-6761 today.