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6 Bottle Drive Tips for 2023


Nadine |

March 28, 2023

With the warm weather returning, it’s Bottle Drive season again. You can raise big $$$ for a cause you care about. When you follow these Best Practices and tips N tricks, you’ll be sure to earn the maximum amount in the shortest amount of time. 

Donate Items That Are Still In Good Condition
Donate Items That Are Still In Good Condition

Plan ahead:

Determine the best neighbourhoods and routes that you’ll visit. Try to find areas where the houses aren’t spread too far apart, so you spend less time per house.


Let people know what items you’ll be collecting. And if you’re allowing drop-offs, let them know how to sort the recyclables. You can also share helpful info such as which containers are recyclable and which ones pay a return. For more details about which containers are recyclable, follow this link.

Recruit volunteers:

Make sure you get clear commitments from your group or teammates for the date and time of the bottle drive. A shared Google Doc is a great way to keep an up-to-date list.

Spread the word:

Promote the bottle drive through various channels such as social media, flyers, posters, and word-of-mouth. Provide clear instructions on when you’re picking up or where and when to drop off the bottles.

Provide incentives:

Offer incentives such as prizes or rewards for the individuals or groups who collect the most bottles. Something simple like a food or drink gift card can be a cost-effective incentive.

Select the type best type of drive:

Regional recycling offers three types of bottle drives, each offering different levels of convenience and payment per recyclable container. No-Sort, FastDrop, and Full-Sort. Visit this link to select the one for your group.

We pick up your unsorted bags, and you can earn 8 cents per recyclable container.


Drop off your unsorted bags of empties at a FastDrop counter for a full refund.
Bring your containers to any depot, sort them on Location, and get a full refund.

Express gratitude:

Be sure to thank all volunteers and donors for their contributions and express your appreciation for their support. Volunteering to collect bottles for the day is hard work. If it’s a youth team, try to have something special for them, such as a snack and soda waiting for them when they’re done.

Following these best practices can help ensure a successful bottle drive that raises money and awareness for your cause. To learn more about Regional Recycling fundraising options, check out this blog: How we help local teams raise money.



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