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.