New drop-and-go recycling centre open in Penticton

Drop off bottles, get cash

A new drop-off recycling depot location has opened in Penticton.

Residents can now drop off refundable beverage containers at a new Return-It Express & Go recycling station at Wholesale Club Penticton at 200 Carmi Avenue.

Local MLA Dan Ashton was on site on Aug. 17 to get introduced to the new system and see the fully self-contained recycling station in action.

“Return-It is a critical partner in making B.C. an environmental leader once again, helping reduce waste, and provide jobs for people across the province,” said Ashton. “The new Express & Go station will support a dynamic change in how we recycle materials into new resources in our communities and create strong jobs for Penticton.”

The station works by allowing people to drop off their unsorted, pre-bagged beverage containers and receive their deposit refunds via Interac e-Transfer or cheque. There are 11 such sites province-wide, including another new location in Keremeos at Buy-Low Foods.

"Our collective awareness of the importance of recycling has never been higher. British Columbians, in particular, continue to show an exceptional level of commitment to diverting materials away from landfills, and making responsible recycling their priority,” said Cindy Coutts, president and CEO of Return-It.

“I’m proud to have become a member of the Return-It team, and look forward to applying my skills and experience in the Canadian recycling industry to continue to support and extend this province’s leadership in the area.”

Powered by solar energy, the station is housed within a brightly coloured 20-foot repurposed shipping container. Customers can get their refund directly or choose to direct it to registered charitable organizations.

To use the system, first create an online account. Then, bring recyclables to the Express & Go station in sealed and clear bags, print your bag label there, enter the pin code provided at the time of registration, then, drop and go.

Employees do the sorting and money will be automatically sent in 10 business days.

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