Make Your Edmonton Bottle Drive a Success

Let Millwoods Bottle Depot help make your Edmonton bottle drive a success! Just bring the volunteers and energy, and we will provide the facilities and know-how to help you efficiently raise cash for your team, club, school, church group or any other worthwhile cause.

 

We do not charge a sorting fee!

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Tips for a Successful Bottle Drive

  • Plan well in advance. Advertise and promote your drive to the households you plan to pick up from. Remember, you are asking for donations, so be sure to profile your cause.

  • Have enough volunteers to pick up bottles door-to-door and also to sort at your staging site or the depot. Plan to cover a lot of ground!

  • Know the numbers and be prepared to handle A LOT of beverage containers to make it worthwhile.

  • If you have a typical mix of large and small containers and no ineligible (non-refundable) containers, then two packed-full minivans or one fully-loaded pick-up truck might contain $225 or so in refunds (at the most). See the example below.

Type# of Bundles# of ContainersRefund Value
Cases of beer25 cases x 12 bottles in each300 @ $0.10$30.00
Bags of mixed over and under 1-litre containers

25 bags x 60 containers in each

AND

20% OVER> 1L

80 % 1L or UNDER

300 @ $0.25$75.00
1200 @ $0.10$120.00
Total Value of the Full Truck Load$225.00

The Size of Your Drive and How We Can Help

Millwoods Bottle Depot works with three sizes of bottle drives and offers different service options for each.

Small Bottle Drives

  • These constitute anything less than four pick-up truck loads or seven van loads (full).

  • They usually have a value of $900 or less.

  • Please call and provide us with at least three days of advance notice so we have enough staff and can book time at the back stations.

  • Pre-sort your containers at your staging area. This is a minimum amount of sorting.

  • For faster processing and less waiting at the depot, do a full sort. This involves separating containers under 1 litre and over 1 litre.

Under 1-litre containers should be separated into:

  • Beer bottles

  • Aluminum cans

  • Clear plastic “P.E.T.”

  • Glass bottles

  • Tetra Brik juice boxes

  • Other containers

Over 1-litre containers should be separated into:

  • Clear plastic “P.E.T.” (large pop)

  • Glass bottles (wine or liquor)

  • Cardboard “gable-top” (milk and juice) cartons

  • Semi-transparent or solid “H.D.P.E.” plastic (2 L and 4 L milk and juice jugs)

  • Other containers

There are two options for full sorts:

  • Option 1 Bring your pre-sorted loads into our back stations at the scheduled time. You can unload directly off the tailgate to the counting tables and have two or three of your volunteers stay and work with our staff to quickly process the load.

  • Option 2 Bring your pre-sorted loads in for drop off at our bulk load service area, and after unloading, your volunteers can head home. Our staff will process your drive after hours or the next day. You will receive the final count, a detailed tally chit, and payment by whatever means is most convenient for you. Our reputation for honesty and accuracy guarantees you an accurate count.

Medium Bottle Drives

  • These consist of more than four full pick-up truckloads, seven or right van loads, or a good-sized cube van.

  • They usually have a value of $1,000 or more.

  • We require you to book the drive with at least four days advance notice, but we recommend booking earlier (more in advance) if at all possible.

We welcome and encourage medium-sized drives that pre-sort at their own collection and staging area. However, as long as you can ensure the minimum volume, we will provide on-site support for drop-off and sorting at the depot, that includes:

  • A dedicated staff member.

  • Quick training for sorting and advice for your volunteers.

  • Space for unloading and sorting in our back service area.

  • Tables, boxes and large shipping bags.

  • You will need at least four sorting volunteers to work with our staff to sort, count and process the load (or more for a larger drive).

Large Bottle Drives

Millwoods Bottle Depot hosts several bottle drives each year that exceed $4,000 in value. We plan for and support these drives on a customized basis. A large drive at this scale:

  • It allows us to supply one or two staff, sort, and transfer shipping supplies to your staging area in your neighbourhood.

  • It justifies the rental of a large truck to get containers back to the depot more efficiently.

  • It requires advance booking of at least two weeks.

  • It requires reasonable evidence of your track record in achieving large volumes in previous drives.

  • It usually has an off-site staging area for collecting and sorting containers closer to the neighbourhood where the bottle drive is being held. These staging areas are needed to support a large number of vehicles and volunteers (for example, a schoolyard, sports centre, fire station, or an industrial or commercial service bay).

Booking Your Bottle Drive

Always book your bottle drive with us well in advance. Otherwise, we can’t ensure you’ll get any extra help or special use of our facilities, and you may spend a lot of time waiting.

 

To inquire about a bottle drive, please call us and leave a clear message with your name, phone number, and the name of the group doing the fundraising. We’ll call you back within 24 hours. You can also fill out our bottle drive request form.

Request a Bottle Drive

Still Have Questions?

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Testimonials

Here, we have presented some of the comments sent to us by our many satisfied customers. If you’d like to contribute to the conversation, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to share your story and we’ll put it online while protecting your identity.

Amazing Bottle Depot

“Easy, fast, and trust worthy. Simple yet amazing Bottle Depot, Could honestly say that I officially have my 'go to' bottle depot! All these positive reviews are not a sham, don't worry!”

- Christian - 05/11/2020

Best Bottle Depot

“Staffs were very courteous and polite. Their hours are awesome. Very easy to on transit to access. Best bottle depot I have been to in the city. Highly recommend this depot!!”

- Kristin - 05/11/2020

Great Service

“Terrific service dropping off a year of saved up bottles is always made very easy work with the great service I have always experienced at Millwood's Bottle Depot. Kudos to the well trained and helpful staff.”

- Barry - 05/11/2020

Very Pleasant Experience

“Great Staff, Quick Service and a well managed and maintained facility. We have tried many places, and this is by far the best of its kind. The management treat and pay the staff well, so the staff are happy, and it shows. The place is also well organized, and well stocked, so staff can focus on their jobs and not walking around looking for things. The staff are also well trained, and understand what they are supposed to do. With all this in place, it makes for a very pleasant experience for the customer.”

- Myriam - 05/11/2020

Quick, Efficient, and Accurate

“Easily the BEST DEPOT around Mill wood. And my place for the purpose for last 15 years. Quick, efficient and accurate/ honest to last grab from tray, the staff is sincere, welcoming and eager to help you. Sufficient number of service lines, parking slots and fast disposals are hallmarks of this environmental friendly place”

- Ravi - 05/11/2020

Accurate & Honest

“Great location, fast & courteous staff, accurate & HONEST tallies! Definitely my favourite bottle depot. Well worth a few extra minutes of driving to know it's all done right! Two thumbs up!”

- Hux - 05/11/2020

Friendly Staff

“This is the closest depot to me, but even if it wasn’t I’d probably go a little out of my way. They work hard and fast and I’ve always found the staff very friendly. They have an option to donate your cans, which I love. And they have a sink with air hand dryers which I also appreciate.”

- Genevieve - 05/11/2020

A Pleasure to Deal With

“I've been a patron of Millwoods Bottle Depot for about 10 years. Which is saying a lot since I've lived in different parts of the city during that time. What keeps me coming back is the combination of fast service (several attendants to choose from), the transparency of their running tallies shown to you on a screen, and their strong community focus. Just a pleasure to deal with them. They've always been accommodating to our larger bulk drop offs, and the staff are genuinely friendly, which is rare amongst other depots, from what I've been told. I would proudly endorse this company for anyone looking to be impressed with each visit. Keep up the good work ;-)”

- Chris - 05/11/2020

Amazing

“The Millwoods Bottle Depot is amazing! The staff are friendly, accurate and efficient. It is the only bottle depot that I attend because the overall experience (every experience) is second to none. The staff at this location work hard and are more than happy to accommodate their customers and this is so appreciated. I wish for all the staff at this depot a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! A big 'thank you' to all of you!”

- Angela S. - 05/11/2020

Friendly Staff and Great Service

“The best bottle depot in the city by far! Friendly staff, fast paced and great service. I have been coming here for years and won’t go anywhere else. Me and my son also love the smell of the hand soap (bubblegum I believe), so we’re always happy walking out of there with good smelling hands after.”

- Samantha - 05/11/2020

Exceptional Staff!

“I did my first bottle drive raising funds for Habitat for Humanity! The staff was exceptional! They were friendly and quick and made me feel very welcome!! I'll definitely do another one with them! Thanks for everything!”

- Jane E. - 05/11/2020

Super Quick Service

“Came to your depot for the first time this week and was surprised to find out you have two store fronts for serving customers. Thanks for the super quick service!”

- James H. - 05/11/2020

Nothing but Accommodating

“We just had our 3rd bottle drive at the Millwoods Bottle Depot! They have been nothing but accommodating. They have great personable staff whom are both efficient and hard working! Would easily recommend this bottle depot to anyone looking.”

- Alix E. - 05/11/2020

The Friendliest Depot on the South Side

“This is friendliest depot on the South side by far. The people seem to actually like answering questions about recycling and will tell you what bottles you can get returns on.”

- Shane H. - 05/11/2020

Fast and Courteous Service

“My young sons and I have been coming to the Millwoods Bottle Depot for over 8 years and we have been very happy with the fast and courteous service we receive. In fact we look forward to going to this depot only as it has become a tradition for us 3 or 4 times a year and we have made a game of guessing what the outcome of the number of bottles will be and then we would go for breakfast after. When the robot was at the depot one summer it was a lot of fun to see it and how the operation works inside. Most importantly the count of the bottles from the staff has been very accurate and we are always pleased with the payout. Keep up the excellent work!”

- Michael K. - 05/11/2020

The Best Bottle Depot in the City

“This place is the best bottle depot in the city. The staff are always friendly and greet you warmly. The service is fast and accurate. They also take the time to ask how your day is going making it an overall positive experience! Merry Christmas!”

- Chayne B. - 05/11/2020

Highly Recommended

“The best place to take your bottles!! They are quick and very friendly!! They also have the screen so you can see how many bottles were counted and how much money you will get back!! Highly recommended!”

- Mark P. - 05/11/2020

No Need to Go Anywhere Else

“No need to go to any other bottle depot. Great set up, quick, efficient, and they got screens for you to watch your bottle count if you wish. Furthermore, they have draws to win stuff. What bottle depot does that? Only Millwoods Bottle Depot.”

- Colin K. - 05/11/2020

Contact Information

Millwoods Bottle Depot

2830 Parsons Rd NW,

Edmonton, AB T6N 1H3

Opening Hours

Sunday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Monday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Tuesday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Wednesday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Thursday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

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Statutory Holiday Hours

We will be closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day

  • Family Day

  • Good Friday

  • Canada Day

  • Labour Day

  • Christmas Day

We will be open on the following holidays:

  • Victoria Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Remembrance Day

  • Boxing Day

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