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Beverly Bottle Depot

A well organized swap of rubbish for cash, and a weekly stop before a trip to the coffee shop.

In the city where I live, beverage containers are not garbage. Drink cans, bottles, and boxes are worth at least 10 cents if you return them to a ‘bottle depot’. There are many independently owned depots in the city, but the Beverly Bottle Depot is my favorite. My 5 year old son and I make a weekly trip with all of the containers that we have saved up or found on our walks during the week. We dump our bags of ‘empties’ in a waist level tray that measures about 1 metre by 2 meters and wait for the staff to sort and count them. Soon we are walking out with a few bills and some change – sometimes with a quick stop at the bubble gum machine on the way out – and on our way to the neighbourhood coffee shop to buy some treats!

written by dirklancer


  1. stouf


    Nice little stars !

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  2. strangelilgirl


    It's these kind of activities that make life so great! Nice job.

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  3. d_i_hunter


    Great story - love number 11

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  4. eyecon


    We also have this thing here in germany - but you can get your change in every supermarket! I like the canadian way much more!

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  5. deff1


    Great Location! really like number 5. what a fun thing to do. they only have bottle drop offs at Liquor stores here in Vancouver.

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