Fed up with waiting in line at the Drumheller Bottle Depot? There are a few things you can do to speed the process up for everyone.
Darcy Coles is one of four employees at the bottle depot on 7 Ave. S.E.
"There's a few points: [You] could make the loads a little bit smaller, come in more often, come in sorted (cans vs. bottles) and put your cans in flats. That speeds things up a lot."
If you avoid recycling because you hate waiting in line, don't worry -- Darcy's got you covered.
"Darcy offers a great pick-up service around town. He's able to pick-up your bottles and cans for you," explained Karen Troy, another employee at the bottle depot. "We take 10 per cent, but he will pick them up and bring you the money. He can also let you pick-up the money as well."
The pick-up service is limited to Drumheller. Although Coles said he would be willing to go outside town limits, the high cost of gas prevents him for doing so. Even within town limits, he sometimes loses money if the load isn't very big.
Finally, if you don't want to wait in line and are feeling altruistic, Troy revealed another time-saving tip:
"Another option is, if you don't want to wait in line, we have a drop-off at the front where you can drop off bottles. It's split between four charities, which are: The Morgan Jayne Children's Foundation, the Drumheller and District Humane Society, Drumheller Salvation Army and DARTS."
Coles and Troy said that if you want to return your bottles the old-fashioned way, there are three words to remember to make their jobs a little bit easier and your trip to the depot a little bit faster: Clean, rinse, squish.