McBride residents can now drop off their unsorted and bagged empty refundable beverage containers at the region’s first express recycling station.
Return-It and the Village of McBride have teamed up to operate the station, located at 600 NW Frontage Rd. The cashless, contactless, and solar-powered recycling station is housed in a 20-foot repurposed shipping container.
Here’s how it will work. McBride residents will be able to create an online account at express.return-it.ca. Once registered, they can print bag labels at the Express & GO Bag Label Kiosk stand at the Farm Store at 1011 SE Frontage Rd. by entering the pin code provided at the time of registration. From there, they can bring their containers in a sealed and clear bag to the recycling station between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Return-It handles the sorting and sends the money to each user’s online account, where the funds can be redeemed by Interac e-Transfer or cheque.
Return-It operates other express recycling locations in Big White, Tofino and at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
“We want to thank Return-It for working with us to increase our community’s access to recycling solutions,” said Gene Runtz, Mayor of McBride. “This new recycling station has a positive environmental impact as it encourages residents of our village to keep recyclable materials out of landfills – without having to travel to a neighbouring town to responsibly recycle their beverage container for a deposit refund.”
“Bringing convenient solutions that encourage recycling is what we do at Return-It, and we are committed to working with communities to address their specific needs,” said Allen Langdon, President and CEO of Return-It. “We are pleased to be bringing McBride residents a new recycling option, and we want to thank the Village of McBride for all their support.”