-THIS PILOT PROJECT ENDED IN MAY 2017-
Three redemption centres in the Fredericton region have implemented a trial run of “Express Bags”. Customers collect their New Brunswick deposit-bearing beverage containers in the specially designed bags, and then drop them off at one of the participating redemption centres, receiving priority service or “skipping the line” for a quick cash payout on the spot. Each “40” Express Bag is designed to hold 40 containers and equals a 2$ cash payout. Thanks to the pre-determined cash value, customers who show up with their Express Bags full of empty beverage containers are given first priority when visiting the redemption centre, as the containers need not be counted nor sorted in front of them.
This pilot project was launched in May 2015 and the test period ran until May 2017, with approximately 1,000 participants. Response from participating redemption centres has been very positive. Some owners were initially reluctant to participate; however, they have since embraced the Express Bag concept after seeing a reduction of wait times and added efficiencies.
Feedback from participants has also been positive, confirming the reduced wait times for returning used beverage containers. However, some stated that the low fixed-refund value ($2) does not allow them to maximize the cost of the bag. This leads to the natural evolution toward reusable bins as used in the re360 pilot project launched in Moncton in April 2017.
PARTICIPATING REDEMPTION CENTRES:
- Northside Redemption Centre (213 MacFarlane Street, Fredericton)
- Southside Redemption Centre (70 Timothy Avenue, Hanwell)
- Oromocto Redemption Centre (16 Lewis Street, Oromocto)