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How It Works

Did you know?  Bottles and cans can be returned to a bottle depot for cash!  But this can be messy and eat up a good chunk of your day.  SkipTheDepot lets you ditch the dirty work while still getting money back!  It’s an easy 3-step process:

1. Sign Up

Download SkipTheDepot from the App Store or Google Play, or visit our web app. Sign up and schedule a pickup by entering your address and donation preference.

2. Put bags out

The morning of your pickup day, put your bags outside. Use the directions area in the app to let the driver know where to find them or any other special directions (key code / “call me”).

Cash-out or donate

We will count your bags and credit your account within 48 hours after pickup. We even show you what we counted!  You can cash out via Interac e-Transfer or donate your refunds to a local charity!

SkipTheDepot Bottle & Can Collection App Features

Why It’s Awesome

Not only do we do the dirty work for you, but now you have the option to give back to your community!  Donate to the scouts or your nephew’s hockey team! SkipTheDepot makes recycling your bottles and cans easy, convenient, and transparent!

Save Time
Loading leaky bags into the car, driving to the bottle depot, and then waiting in line to get a handful of cash isn’t something we’re fans of.  Book a pickup, put your bags outside, and wait for the money to roll in.
Now You Have Choice
Did you know that blue-bin recycling is like donating to the City?  Use SkipTheDepot and choose a cause near and dear to your heart.
It's cash-less
Who carries cash anymore? Get an e-Transfer straight to your back account. Eliminate a trip to the ATM or bank to deposit it.
SkipTheDepot Bottle & Can Collection App Features
Virtual Bottle Drives
Trouble finding volunteers with vehicles for bottle drives?  We can run your bottle drive year-round!  Become a Community Partner and reap the benefits of recurring donations without the hassle!
Real-Time
Our state-of-the-art software gives you real-time updates and notifications on when your pickup is coming, when it’s being processed, and when your account is credited.
It's Free
No credit card required!  It’s free to request a pickup from your home or office.  We do, however, issue slightly lower deposits than bottle depots.  You can check out our rates here.

Our Community Partners

SkipTheDepot helps local charities, not-for-profits, teams and schools fund raise year-round!  Our Community Partners include youth and adult sport teams, playground rebuilds, community centers, after school programs, animal rescue foundations and lots more! If you’re interested in fundraising through our Community Partner Program you can register below:



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Who we help

SkipTheDepot makes taking your bottles and cans back to the bottle depot easy and convenient! We also help fund raise using recycling. If you want to free up time or collect donations for any cause, SkipTheDepot is for you.

  • Homes
  • Townhouses
  • Condos
  • Offices
  • Bars & Restaurants
  • Warehouses
  • Charities
  • Not-For-Profits
  • Sport Teams
  • Schools
  • Community Centers
  • Arenas

What We Collect

Since we are sending a driver to your door, we’d like to help take a few other things off your hands. Save a trip to the bottle depot, e-waste facility, or clothing bin. Check out the items we accept below!

Beverage Containers

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Aluminum

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Tetra Brik

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Plastic

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Gable Top

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Clear Plastic

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Bi-Metal

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Glass

Old Electronics

*Not available in all areas. Contact us if you would like to get this service in your area.

Computers and servers
Laptop, notebook and tablet computers
Televisions, monitors and all-in-one computers
Printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines
Computer accessories, computer speakers, cables and mouse
Microwaves

Chemical Waste
Bio hazardous Materials
Fluorescent Tubes
Dishwashers, Refrigerators, and Stoves
Washing Machines and Dryers
Paint Click on this link for ARMA
Registered Paint Processors
Tires Click on this link for ARMA
Registered Tire Processors
Alkaline Consumer Batteries
Nickel Cadmium Batteries
Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries

Clothing & Items

*Not available in all areas. Contact us if you would like to get this service in your area.

All used clothing (Including outerwear)
Luggage and Sleeping Bags
Shoes & Boots
Bedding: Blankets, Pillows & Linens
Accessories: Purses, Bags, Belts & Ties
Draperies, Pillows and Cushions

Weapons and Explosives
Hazardous Waste
Construction Materials
Automobile Parts
Large Appliances
Draperies, Pillows and Cushions
Mattresses and Box Springs
Sofas

2168002

Containers Recycled

211000

kg of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Saved

722000

kWh of Energy Saved

111000

kg Spared from the Landfill

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question?  No problem!  Check out the most common questions and answers below, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, hit us up on the contact form!

Yes. You can book a pickup whenever you want! Our available dates and schedules for your pickup will depend on your area and the frequency of your zone. If you’re looking to return your bottles immediately, you will still have to go to an actual bottle depot. If you don’t want to go to a bottle depot, use SkipTheDepot!

No! We come to you. That’s our whole deal / value add. You get to do other things with your time, we pick up the containers and e-Transfer you the money.

Download our app or use https://app.skipthedepot.com/register to create an account.

Press “book a pickup” and enter your address, date, and any donation preferences. Use the directions / comments section to give specific instructions for the driver to find your secure location (Example: “Call this number when arriving”, “Bags are alongside fence”, etc).

On your pickup day, place your bags outside in your secure location by 8am. The driver will pick up your bags between 8am and 5pm, label them, and take them to our counting facility. Once counted, your account will be updated with your new balance and counts. Request an e-Transfer to redeem your balance. You will be notified every step of the way!

First, check your spam / junk mail folder. We are just starting out and mail services don’t know who we are yet. If it’s not there email us and we will have a look into it.

Yes. It helps us keep everything together and makes sure your containers are counted accurately.

You don’t have to be home. Just have your bags placed in your secure location by 8 am and directions filled out for the driver in the comments section.

We also don’t need anything sorted. We do need containers to be placed in big garbage bags (no boxes!) for your first pickup. After your first pickup SkipTheDepot will drop off environmentally friendly, biodegradable bags for you to use.

There is no charge for the pickup. However, we offer slightly lower deposit rates than a bottle depot. You can check out our container rates here.There’s also a $1.50 fee from the bank applied for e-Transfers. We also have a min 25$ cash out policy.

Never! We hope to make running bottle drives and collecting donations easier than ever!

We have over 80 local charities and not-for-profits signed up.  SkipTheDepot customers can select an organization in the donations section when scheduling a pickup.

If you would like to register your charity or not-for-profit as a SkipTheDepot partner, click here.

Yes, we sure do!  Most businesses will find that our rates are better than most commercial recycling programs.

We offer a variety of regularly-scheduled pickup options.  When scheduling your next pickup, simply set the desired frequency for your pickups. You can schedule weekly, bi-weekly and monthly pickups (other schedules available upon request).

Remember to use the directions and comments section for any special lock codes or areas our drivers need access to.

Absolutely!  We just need access to your building’s recycling room to make your pickup as smooth as possible!

Let your building management company know you’re interested in our service!  Setup is easy and convenient for the entire building!

Typically, within 48 hours from time of pickup.

SkipTheDepot Bottles & Can Collection App.

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Get in Touch

Still have questions?  Feel free to get in touch with us below.

Contact Form

Address

1039 17th Ave SW, Calgary Alberta

Phone

Calgary (403) 476-3677
Edmonton (780) 328-3865

Say Hello

contact[at]skipthedepot[dot]com