It is important to return cans and bottles because it is a great way to keep them out of the landfills. And it helps that we can make a little money too. If you are like us, you wait to return your bottles until you have 12 garbage bags full taking up all the space in the garage.
So where do can you take all those bags bottles to return in the Saratoga Area?
There are a few options in the Saratoga area, some are easier than others.
All Brands, Quick and Easy – REMOVE ALL CAPS
Mon – Fri 10-5
The BEST place we found to return cans and bottles is MT Returnables on Adelphi Street in the South Broadway area. At MT Returnables you can redeem ALL BRANDS. This is super awesome for us because we drink a ton of water bottles from Aldi. Aldi bottles are tough to return as many places do not take them.
MT Returnables have no problem with Aldi brand or any brand! As long as your cans and bottles have the NY on it, they will take it.
TAKE OFF THE CAPS! After reading their website, we learned that all the caps MUST be off. Child #2 and I spent a half an hour in a parking lot near the center removing all the bottle caps.
We pulled up with all 12 garbage bags full of bottles, carried them into the building and dumped them onto the counter. The 2 employees counted the cans and bottles so quickly, we had over 620 plastic bottles,cans and glass bottles. They gave us cash and we walked out with over $32 within minutes of pulling in. So much easier and faster than feeding one bottle at a time into a machine!!
I highly recommend going to their site and checking them out. They are a locally owned business and their facebook page is full of information about local charities and events. Their site has great information about how to return cans and bottles and also has fun videos.
Returns Self Serve Machines
Target, Walmart, Hannaford and Price Chopper/Market 32 have the machines where you put the returnables in and does the machine counting. Press the button to print your slip, take it inside and redeem for your cash. These stores usually redeem each other’s cans and bottles.
Price Chopper/Market 32 requires all bottle caps to be removed prior to returning.
Not all these stores return Aldi brands or off brands. They tend to only return what they sell and large competitors store brands. There is usually a recycling bin close by to throw the other brands into so they are still recycled, but you won’t earn your nickel.
Aldi returns their own bottles, but I’m not sure if they redeem other brands. I’ll check it out.
To return cans and bottles at Hannaford, use Clynk. Hannaford now uses a program called Clynk for can and bottle returns. I have not tried Clynk yet, but I read the website and can give you some information.
You create an account and get a free starter set of bags. You fill the bag with all your returnables leaving enough room at the top to tie it off. You can only fill the special Clynk bags. Then scan your card at the kiosk, print a sticker, stick your label on the bag, scan your barcode/label at the kiosk and leave the bag. Print a payment slip at the kiosk and bring it in to redeem. Sounds complicated, but simple once you get the hang of it.
More Clynk bags can be purchased at Hannaford. These were found on an endcap, as of July 2016, $1.75 for 10. The cardboard boxes shown below the green boxes of bag, open to the perfect size for Clynk bags making collecting bottles and cans easier.
Where do you return your cans and bottles? Have your tried MT Returnables in Saratoga? Are you a Clynk user? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks for reading! I hope this helps! :o)