Celebrate Our Community Champions!

Cerebral Palsy


The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta (CPAA) is a registered non-profit organization that supports people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities in the province of Alberta. Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe a group of conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination. CPAA exists to provide Albertans with the assistance and services they require to enable them to life a life without limits.

CPAA joined the Community Champions Program in 2009. The funding they received was used to purchase bins and place them with companies throughout the province. Proceeds from their bottle collection go directly to their community programs which offer Albertans with cerebral palsy and other disabilities social interaction and healthy activities in nurturing environments. Since joining the program, CPAA has returned over 1.7 million beverage containers, what an amazing impact!

“Through ABCRC funding we’ve been able to add indoor bottle recycling to a number of our community partners. We’ve also created branded green bags which clearly identify to people that we accept bottles in addition to clothing. So far, we’ve distributed approximately 2,000 of these bags and are just starting to see the results of the promotion. In 2015 we recycled nearly 550,000 bottles, saving over 56,000 kg of GHG!”

Breanne O’Reilly
Communications & Marketing Manager
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta

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Depot Spotlight

Community Recognition for the Spy Hill Bottle Depot

Spy Hill Applaud

The Spy Hill Bottle Depot in Calgary was the Depot of choice for the most recent Applaud a Depot winner. Kim Hammond, a frequent customer there, left some positive feedback for the team recently. She left comments noting that “the people that work at the Spy Hill Bottle Depot are the most friendly group. They always greet you with a smile and are very pleasant. Just a great place!”

Kim is one of thousands of Albertans who have left Applauds for Depots across the province who have provided excellent service to their customers. A draw is conducted from these entries every couple of months, and the winning customer is awarded with a prize, while the corresponding Depot receives recognition for their community contributions.

On Friday afternoon, Depot staff were joined by Kim, along with Prasad Panda, MLA for Calgary-Foothills, and Jamie Kleinsteuber, MLA for Calgary-Northern Hills, as well as Gregory Hartzler, representing the City of Calgary, to celebrate the ongoing community contributions of the Depot. Alberta Bottle Depot Association President Trevor Nickel spoke to the environmental, economic, and community benefits of Depots, which are all demonstrated at the Spy Hill Bottle Depot.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta representatives Lisa Barrett and Janelle Mayo were on hand to highlight the impact of fundraising efforts from Depots. RMHCSA is one beneficiary of the Alberta Cans for Kids program administered by the Alberta Bottle Depot Association. The Spy Hill Bottle Depot has raised over $16,000 for the Cans for Kids program since its inception. In the past year, over $100,000 in bottle drives and fundraisers were processed at this Depot location as well.

MLA Kleinsteuber spoke to the effectiveness of the Alberta beverage container collection system, with recent return rates in the province now in excess of 85%. Over 2 billion refundable beverage containers were returned to Depots in Alberta last year.

Alberta Depots Make a Difference

Applaud a Depot

Over 2,500 customers have sent in an Applaud for their local Depot - and they're still rolling in! Applaud a Depot features a quick survey designed to give kudos to the hardworking staff in our industry. Throughout the year, we will draw winners from the submissions to award customers sending in the Applauds, as well as the Depots they have Applauded! So far, we have celebrated 8 winning Depots and their corresponding customers. Be sure to get your name in the next draw, which will take place on August 15!


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