Depot Spotlight: Grande Cache Depot
June 29, 2018
All in the Family
The Grande Cache Depot was originally purchased in 1992. It all started as an after-school gig for then 16 year-old Richard Thompson. In 1994 the current location was purchased and the family proudly went from renting to owning their location. Flash-forward 26 years, and Dunelm Realty Ltd, owns the store, managed by Richard Thompson.
Dunelm Realty is a family-owned business with Richard’s mother, Karen Thompson, acting as Owner and President. A former realtor and office manager, specializing in property management, she has been the bookkeeper for the Grande Cache Depot for 25 years until her recent retirement in the Spring of 2017.
A Good Cause Community
The Grande Cache Depot supports many local charities along with community members who regularly donate their recycling proceeds to good causes including:
- Grande Cache Food Bank
- Sheldon Coates Primary School
- Summitview Elementary School
- Grande Cache Animal Society
- Grande Cache Wild Animal Rescue
Bottle Recycling Funds Euro-Trip!
The Grande Cache High School will soon be hosting their massive bottle drive, a bi-annual event that’s been going strong for 10 years and has raised upwards of $9,000 each year for their students to travel the world and expand their horizons - all with the help of the community coming together and recycling!
Grande Cache Depot Manager, Richard Thompson donates his time to many local charities. His industry knowledge from UCA, advertising, to all aspects of shipping and receiving helps the company continue to grow and serve the community.
Among managing the Grande Cache Depot, he’s also worked as a Real Estate and Mortgage Broker, served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Wilmore Wilderness Foundation and traveled extensively.
Over the years, Richard has noticed some changes in consumer behaviour, most significantly the number of pop containers have been increasingly displaced by healthier choice beverage containers including water. While Alberta Depots do accept and offer refunds on all beer containers, there’s been more than a 50% drop in refillable beer container returns as craft beers gain popularity.
Did You Know?
The little mountain town has some big bragging rights when it comes to recycling. The average annual return per capita in Alberta is 440 units per person but in Grande Cache it’s almost double that amount!
The Grande Cache Bottle Depot saved a total of 671,356 kWh of energy and diverted 103,079 kilograms from landfills last year. That’s a lot of recycling! Saving 195,851 kilograms of GHG emissions.
Cleaner air makes for better breathing, especially as the home to the annual Canadian Death Race, a 125km ultramarathon through the Rocky Mountains of Grande Cache. The Death Race including three mountain summits, one major crossing, and a 17,000 foot elevation change.