Turn Your Empties into Community Support!
Several of our community programs and services benefit from additional funding generated by the three Bottle Depot centres Cosmos operates in Red Deer and Blackfalds. All Three our depots on Orr Drive, the North Hill and Blackfalds support countless bottle drives for community charities and service organizations. We also have several drop box locations around the city at all 3 depots for our customers’ convenience.
For over 40 years, Cosmos Group of Companies has been serving the residents of Red Deer through providing many kinds of support for citizens with disabilities. One of the ways that Cosmos achieves this is through the fund raising efforts of its two bottle depots, Cosmos I, Cosmos II and Cosmos Blackfalds. In a new community initiative, Cosmos Bottle Depots Ltd. is now making an effort to reach out and serve a greater number of residents of Red Deer, Blackfalds and area in a variety of ways.
The “Turn Your Empties into Community Support” project involves large donation bins being placed around Red Deer and surrounding area to collect refundable beverage containers from people who may find it difficult to make it to a bottle depot, prefer not to visit a bottle depot, would like to donate their bottles to a good cause, or who are simply not concerned with having their deposits returned to them.
Cosmos will collect the donations from these bins on a regular basis, and 100% of the proceeds will be directed back into non-profit organizations in our own community! Cosmos is excited to make recycling more accessible, less of a chore, and to help people in need all at the same time.
Currently, bins are located inside & outside of both Cosmos Bottle Depots locations. There is also a bin placed at the landfill site on the very south end of the city, just east of the Westerner, and there are 2 at the Big 105/106.7 The Drive studios on Bremner Avenue, there is also a collection bin placed at West Park Activity Centre. Donation bins are also placed at the Scott Builders Offices on 8105 49th Ave Close.
Provincially, nearly 85% of all refundable containers are being returned to a bottle depot at this time; however, Cosmos would like to see that rate much higher in Red Deer, and use the 15% that are not being properly recycle in a way that will benefit our community.
Consider this: at 10 cents per container, if each person in the city of Red Deer placed just one bottle/can into one of these collection points over the course of a month, that would amount to nearly $10,000!
The following community based non-profit organizations will benefit over the coming months for 2017:
- January – United Way of Central Alberta
- February - Red Deer Food Bank
- March - Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support
- April - Central Alberta Pregnancy Care
- May - Red Deer Health Regional Foundation
- June -Bottle Drive Contest Winner
- July - Heart & Stroke Foundation
- August - Suicide Prevention Society
- September - Red SPCA
- October - Art in the Street
- Nov/Dec - Central Alberta Christmas Bureau
Bin Placement Location
There are a limited number of donation bins available for placement, so if you are aware of a location that could house one or would like to have one placed near you, please contact Trinesh Padiyachi @ 403-343-0715 Ext 224 or E-mail Trinesh.Padiyachi@cosmosreddeer.org Visit the bin nearest to you and help us to turn your empties into community support!
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