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How do we promote this in the community?
After you register, you will have access to a variety of graphics and other content to send out to community members. This will help you promote the event and recruit volunteers. We’ll send a suite of digital promotional materials that you can use on your community association or league website, social media pages and newsletters. Next we will be sending you printed, customizable posters that can go up in local retail and businesses, community halls and recreational centres, schools or anywhere else your neighbours get together. Your kit will also include door hangers advising households of what beverage containers can be safely put out for collection along with customizable bag tags to ensure your community’s collected containers can be accurately accounted.
What’s the best way to collect the containers?
We’re suggesting that you distribute the door hangers and tags to households within your community approximately two weeks before the drive. Encourage your neighbours to leave their empty beverage containers bagged, tagged and ready for pickup on their front step on June 9th by 8AM. This will make it quick and easy for your community volunteers to retrieve and return the bagged containers to your designated muster point, which we recommend be your community hall. In advance of the event, we advise that you assign volunteer event marshals from your community who will remain at the muster point throughout the event to provide instruction and receive the bagged containers. Each marshal will be provided with a branded ball cap to ensure they are easily identifiable to participants. Branded ball caps and buttons for participants will be sent to you along with your kit in advance of the event.
How do we collect from apartment and condo buildings?
We suggest contacting the building managers to put up a poster in lobbies, elevators, and recycle areas with information for residents. A little more coordination is required, but by determining a time and location for pickup - the potential for refunds is huge!
What if we can’t reach building managers?
Leave a poster indicating your community’s designated muster point and return deadline for residents who wish to drop off their bagged containers to you.
How can we avoid theft of the containers?
The door hangers will suggest to homeowners that they leave their bagged and tagged containers at their front door or at a neighbour’s between 6AM and 8AM to avoid collection prior to the event. If more convenient, households are welcome to personally deliver their bagged containers to the muster point between 8AM and 11AM. Event marshals will provide constant security of the returned bagged containers at the muster points.
Where will we return the containers?
To ensure an efficient return of your bagged containers, you will be advised of your assigned Alberta Depot and a time slot to return your bagged and tagged containers. Where possible, your assigned Alberta Depot will help you move the containers to their Depot for sorting and counting. This information will all come in your hunt kit.
Does it matter how we spend the money?
No, it’s your money. It’s completely up to you if your community wants to spend it now on something for the community, save it for a future initiative, or share it with a local club, team or worthwhile cause. That’s the beauty of the deposit system – it’s tax-free funds to use at your discretion.
Can I choose to do the bottle hunt on another day?
Our goal is to see how much money can be raised for Alberta communities in one day. After every community has been rewarded for their efforts we’ll share just how big it was. Then next time we’ll beat it.
What time should we do this?
Most bottle drives start early in the morning and the returns are done early in the afternoon so everyone has the afternoon to themselves. We suggest a timeline as follows:
6AM – 8AM – Bagged and tagged containers are left in front of homes
8AM – 11AM – The Great Alberta Bottle Hunt
11AM – 1PM – Optional event at the muster point
1PM – Returns dropped off at Depots (or if your assigned Alberta Depot has a vehicle they can come collect)
Why can’t I register my community if I’m not in Calgary or Edmonton?
We are planning Alberta-wide events for Fall 2018 and in 2019. The Spring Great Alberta Bottle Hunt is the first of its kind and is designed to be a benchmark for success for future events.
What containers are refundable?
A full list of what containers are refundable and their value can be found here.