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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbtidge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 28, 1973 Pages 31 - 38 ONE HAD 13.000 ottle flood eng our container depots By JOHN DODD EDMONTON (CP) - Clutching two battered shopping bags, the skid road alcoholic joins a lineup next to the downtown car wash. Behind him, a station wagon carrying a father and his three children pulls into the queue. Vehicles and people all inch fonvard for the next 30 minutes. What brings them together is Alberta's new beverage container regulations, described by the government as the most far-reaching in North America. But the problems are far-reacting too. Alberta's handling of them is being watched closely by other governments. One-and-a-half months after the system started, some Al-bertans still had to wait for as much as. two hours to return their bottles and cans. The government is gradually increasing the number of outfits it allows to operate container depots but this has aroused cries from existing depots. They claim financial success is impossible unless their volume is huge. No place And once the bottles are collected, there is no place for many of them - except warehouses for some and landf i 11 sites for others. Back at the lineup beside the car wash, the alcoholic has reached the head of the queue inside a former garage. He produces 13 empty wine bottles, for which he receives 65 cents, five mickeys that once held rye or rum, 25 cents, four soft drink bottles, 20 cents, and three, rusty beverage cans for six cents. This nets him a total of $1.16, enough to bvgr another bottle of wine, with one cent left over. The station wagon driver takes five minutes to transact his business since the bottles and cans have to be placed in the appropriate cartons and boxes so they can be counted easily. He has 38 wine bottles from a neighbor's garage, 14 liquor bottles from the last two months, including the supplies from Christmas and New year's, eight dozen soft drink cans and two dozen soft drink bottles, bought mainly for bis children. He pockets $5.56. For his part in the transaction, the operator of the bottle depot makes 25 cents for deal- ing with the alcoholic and $1.72 from the station wagon. But he hasn't quite earned his money yet. The soft drink bottles must be sorted by brands so they can be picked up by the approrpriate bottler. Way of life Such transactions have become part of the way of life for many Albertans since the beverage container act was proclaimed on Jan. 1, declaring that all beverage containers - including liquor and wine bottles - could be returned for refund. An estimated 300 million such containers were sold in Alberta last year. The act caused a niagara of glass and metal to fall on the depots, hastily set up throughout the province at the start of the year. Some depots had to close temporarily because they couldn't handle the flood. "We've been full from the day we started," said Donald Holt who runs a depot in Calgary in partnership with Howard Payne. "On the second day we had 13,000 pop cans and on the third day a guy brought in over 13,000 liquor bottles he said he had stock-piled in his mother's garage. Well, actually it took him. three days to bring them in. I gave Mm a cheque for $691 and change." In the first month, 4.6 million liquor and wine bottles were returned throughout the province for a .refund of five cents each. There were 4.3 million non-refillable bottles and cans brought back, the cans for a refund of two cents each and the bottles for two, five or 10 cents according to size. Bit lower In the first half of February, the rate of returns has been only slightly lower and will probably never diminish greatly, says Dave Beck, general manager of Contain-A-W a y Ltd of Calgary, which oversees container collections. He says that even though home stockpiles of containers may be used up, more people will start to return all their beverage containers for a refund, instead of continuing their present practice of throwing non-refillable containers in the garbage. He expects operators of bot- tle depots to become more efficient and faster at handling customers with experience but admits that won't end the problems. What happens to all the containers after they are collected? The refillable soft drink bottles are little problem, once they're sorted. The bottlers themselves send their trucks to the depots to collect them. The steel cans are taken care of. They are picked up by Con-tain-A-Way's truckers and taken to a Calgary plant for crushing, shredding and then recycling into low-grade steel. However, there is no market yet for the non-refillable soft drink bottles and they are stored at high cost in warehouses throughout the province while.the company looks for buyers. No market Most of the wine and liquor bottles are made of colored glass for which there is even less market potential and these are all taken to landfill sites and buried. Beer bottles are handled through separate, long-established depots. This means that the intent of the containers legislation - to encourage people not to litter and to foster recycling - has only partially been fulfilled. More recycling is expected soon, however. "We've been so hung up hying to cope with the flood of containers we've had little time to investigate sources of recycling for them," said Mr. Beck. He predicted, however, that by May 1, Contain-A-Way will be selling all of the clear glass bottles it receives for recycling and much of the colored glass. The whole return system is financed through a trust fund into which manufacturers of beverages pay one cent, plus deposit, for each container-full they sell in Alberta. The one-cent handling fee and deposit is filtered through Contain-A-Way to the 146 depots throughout the province and retail stores which are required to make refunds on the beerage containers they sell. The depots and stores get the one-cent handling fee and Contain-A-Way gets to keep revenue from the sale of the-bottles and cans they collect. BAGGIES FOR ALL AGES CHILDREN'S 4-6x 3.99 BOYS' GWG BAGGIES 95 GIRLS' '.44 0.99 > lo c LADIES' 7.99 to 12.99 MEN'S 9.99 to 13.99 IADIES' 100% POLYESTER WHITE UNIFORMS 4 Sizes 10 to 18 MEN'S CASUAL JACKETS FROM 2M. 15" INFANTS' 2-PIECE PLAYSUITS Reg. 3.99. 9"" SALE ......... A NEW ARRIVAL OF MEN'S SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS 2*99 �i99 WIDE SELECTION OF MEN'S SOCKS FROM .00 GOOD VARIETY OF GIRLS' 100% ACRYLIC and 100% NYLON TOPS Latest Styles | .99 0,99 88*. 1 LADIES' 100% ACRYLIC AND 100% NYLON TOPS LATEST STYLES FROM ,99 0.99 r,3 BOYS' DENIM JEANS Sizes 8-16 0*99 In various # styles MEN'S and BOYS' VINYL JOGGERS 4-99 CM � to Veteran retires VICTORIA (CP) - A chapter of Canadian aviation history has closed with the retirement of Col. Beverley E. Christmas, 53, of St, Hilaire, Que., as deputy commander of the Canadian Forces Base here. He was the last Canadian in uniform who flew with the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940, flying the famous Spitfire against German bombers and fighters. Col. Christmas joined up in 1939, after seeing an advertisement for pilot trainees. "In 1937-38, I was making about $1 a day," he recalled in an interview. "I saw this ad in the newspaper which indicated the going rate for pilots was $4.50 a day, so I applied. A year later I was called up for an interview." He was accepted by the RCAF and arrived in Britain in January, 1940, eight months before the sustained German attack on England. During the aerial battle, Col. Christmas was credited with two aircraft, a share in one other kill, and damaging two other planes. Since then he has commanded RCAF squadrons in Bagotville, Que., Winnipeg, Portage La Prairie, Man., and Soelingen in West Germany as part of Canada's NATO contingent. For four years, until 1971, he was Canada's national and miliary representative at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Belgium. Mountain of bottles beverage-container depot swamped with returned bottles Jordans Important savings on four distinctive styles of famous "Fashion Leader Carpet" (tm) made exclusively for Jordans by Burlington Carpet Mills. 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