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Recycling Bottles & Cans
I'd like to do can recycling with my 4.5-year-old son as an introductions to chores. I thought this would be good because the reward (deposit) is very explicitly tied to the task.
I was hoping to find something for cans/bottles-only at a grocery store or market that is less intense than a full-on recycling center. I heard there might be something like that at the Broadway Plaza on Pleasant Valley Rd in Oakland but couldn't find information about that on the net.
I found a recycling center in Oakland near Emeryville where we can take cans, but this was an intense experience and tough to manage. I have to bring along my toddler and infant so I'm not equipped to help my oldest drag bins, sort, and weigh. There was broken glass on the floor which is worrying with the toddler.
I called Waste Management but they do not provide a deposit for the cans and bottles they recycle. They did not have any specific recommendations for redeeming the deposit. I'm annoyed this has not been easy to find. It's easy enough to pay the deposit whenever you buy a can or a bottle.
Can anyone recommend a recycling center near the Lamorinda area where we can recycle our plastic bottles, aluminimum cans and glass containers for cash? Our local recycling stations in Moraga and Lafayette closed down and I haven't been able to find somewhere to take our recyclables for cash. Our kids use the funds from recycling for their spending money, so we'd like to try and find somewhere that actually pays for the materials, rather than just putting them in the recycling bin for pickup by our waste management service. We could go through the tunnel if necessary, but would prefer to stay east of the Caldecott if possible. Thank you! Enthusiastic recycler
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