Bottle Drive


Couple of Bottle Drive options to consider:

Option 1: Create an account at Bottle and Can Depot:

Make your bottle drive easier and more successful by using bottle and can depot:

  • Go to or call Bottle and Can Depot, and tell us that you are organizing a bottle drive.
  • You will need bags, the bags need to be transparent. These bags can be purchased at any store of your choice or we can supply bags at cost.
  • Pre-label each bag and hand them out either door-to-door, at your classroom, and meeting or other event. Make sure to attach a simple flyer with:
    • Name of your organization
    • Reason for drive
    • Bottle and Can Depot drop-off location
    • List of what you are collecting
    • Telephone number people can call for information
    • Each person receiving your pre-labeled Bottle and Can Depot bag can now fill up the bag with containers and drop the bag off at Bottle and Can Depot location. All deposits will go into the same account you have created. You can add a deadline to your bottle drive or leave the account open for future bottle drives.
    • You can request a cheque or cash when you’re ready.

Sign up for your Bottle and Can Depot account today:

For any assistance and instructions on conducting a bottle drive with Bottle and Can Depot, contact us.

Option 2: Tips and Info read below:

No account needed. Just call in advance that you had a bottle drive or event, and that you have a large quantity of beverage containers that you would like to get the deposit refund


Step 1 – Put a team together

  • Form a team (it might be a committee already in place for fundraising or other community activities)
  • Choose a team leader for the drive
  • Assign responsibilities for the following steps
  • Check with your local municipality regarding guidelines and registration requirements.

Step 2 -Check Our site Resources

  • Call 518-801-2065.
  • All empty beverage containers are accepted as long as they have had a 5c deposit paid in New York and are labeled as such
  • We Inform you of the required quantities and container types per bag for faster redemption
  • We can provide resources to help you with your drive.  We may even offer free pick-up service.

Step 3 – Establish the best collection method that suits your style

  • Central Site Collection | Find a good central location like a field, church or parking lot and let the beverage containers come to you.
  • Bottle and Can Depot Drop-Off | Collect your containers then return them to Bottle and Can Depot for processing  Returning them for a refund doesn’t get any easier than this.
  • Neighbourhood Pick-Up | It’s kind of like door-to-door but with a twist.  Drop off flyer in your community that ask people to leave their containers in front of their houses. Then, when your event day comes around, simply swing by and pick them up.
  • Bulk Account | Head down to Bottle and Can Depot and ask to have an account set up for your group.  Anytime a member of your group or community returns containers, the money can go straight to your group’s fundraising account.

Step 4 – Spread the word & get social

  • Once you have decided on the date, the area and the collection method, you can coordinate the publicity. This is essential to a successful drive.
  • Have a reason for the drive such as  buying sports equipment, financing a trip, helping in a building program or supporting a charity. Some goal the community can get behind.
  • Print simple flyers with:
  • Name of your organization
  • Reason for drive
  • Date of drive
  • Time for collection
  • Collection method (door-to-door or central location)
  • List of what you are collecting
  • Telephone number people can call for information
  • Deliver a flyer to every home in your collection area
  • Make sure every member of your group has flyers to take home
  • Write a short announcement of the event, including the information on the flyer, and send it to the community events page of your local newspaper and to the public service announcement departments at local radio and television stations

The most effective method of distributing information is delivery of door-to-door notices. If you have the volunteers to do this, you should deliver the notices twice—one month before the drive and the week of the drive.

  • Get social – create a Facebook event for your drive and invite as many people as possible. Use Twitter and email too! We’ve created a social media contact list to get you started – click the Twitter or Facebook icon to share news of your bottle drive with radio and television stations in your community.