Today I am sharing how my family gives back all year round, without any extra steps, costs or time. We started recycling when we moved to this house, it was cheaper to do so and with a zero sort facility, there is no extra time involved in being a recycle family. What we found out one day, when visiting the local dump, made us smile, and we have been a part of it ever since.
If you look at the top of that can, you will see that in VT you can get 5 cents for this redemption can, sometimes people call this returnable cans. Here in NH we don’t have these cans, but across the border in Vermont, you can get 5 cents back for just about any bottle or can you purchase. We collect our 5 cent returnable (redemption) cans and give them to this man at the local transfer/waste management facility.
This man takes all of the redemption cans or bottles he gets during the year and cashes them in. This man then goes and buys a ton of children’s toys. Lots and lots of children based toys and items. This man is giving back to his community in such a big way and he isn’t alone, his wife helps him too. While we do not purchase the toys, we end up with at least one 30 gallon bucket full of redemption cans per week to give to this man, which I feel is our way of giving back all year round to the children of our community!
I originally thought this man was giving to Toys for Tots, but to my dismay I actually found out that Toys for Tots denied the man doing this. I have yet to get to the bottom of why the Toys for Tots program would turn away brand new toys donated freely to them, but they have denied this man that, so he actually gives them to another local Kids Christmas Charity where they work to ensure every child has something for Christmas.
What do you do to give back during the holidays? Have you ever cashed in returnable/redemption cans?