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New redemption center in city

By John Butters | Apr 24, 2017
A new can and bottle redemption center will open May 15  in Washington at the former Sitler building, located at 702 East Washington Street. The redemption center will be operated by WCDC of Washington, in partnership with grocers Fareway and Hy-Vee.

 

A new can and bottle redemption center will open May 15 in Washington at the former Sitler building, located at 702 East Washington Street.

The redemption center will be operated by WCDC of Washington, in partnership with grocers Fareway and Hy-Vee.

As of that date, customers of Fareway and Hy-Vee will be asked to redeem their cans and bottles at the new center. The stores will accept cans through the weekend, ending May 14.

Dave Hoffman, WCDC president, said he was approached by local store managers to determine his organization’s interest in the establishment of an off-site collection center.

“Both Hy-Vee and Fareway talked to us about doing cans and said they would like to see a redemption center open. They wondered if we would be interested in that,” he said.

The opportunity was a perfect match between the grocers’ needs and the organization’s employment mission, said Dave Waite, Grocery Manager at Fareway.

“It is a very positive thing. WCDC wanted to get their employees out into the public and we wanted to move can redemption out of the store. It’s a great fit that works for everyone They were already involved in can pick up so they have experience with this,” he said.

The WCDC already collects cans and plastic bottles from convenience stores and other vendors throughout Washington County. WCDC employees can run as many as two lines in their sorting operation and the organization possesses an aluminum can bailer.

Additionally, they already have contractual agreements with each of the major distributors.

“It’s good for us. It’s good for Fareway and Hy-Vee and it’s good for the community,” Hoffman said. “It offers our clients an opportunity to work with the public. It allows them more freedom and independence.”

The former Sitler building is being remodeled to better serve the community, he said. In addition to redeeming cans and bottles, the facility will also provide an exterior collection box for those who prefer to donate their cans and bottle to the WCDC.

The new facility will be especially helpful to WCDC clients, he said.

“It offers our people an opportunity to work with the public. It allows them more freedom and independence,” he said.

WCDC services include providing a structured, well supervised program of work training, activities, classes, and training to assist persons with disabilities to develop and/or maintain skills in work, social, community, personal, and daily living environments.

Iowa’s Beverage Containers Control Law, also known as the “Bottle Bill, is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, (DNR). The bill is intended to reduce and clean up litter by recovering beverage containers for recycling.

Iowa’s bottle bill deposit law covers all carbonated and alcoholic beverages.

Consumers pay a five-cent deposit when purchasing a beverage container and receive a five-cent refund when returning the container to a store or redemption center.

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