Bottle drop-off attendants for the Rotary Club of Chemainus, from left, include: Tom Andrews, Derek Hardacker and president Richard Calverley. Right, Andrews at the drop-off spot right across from Subway that will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photos by Don Bodger)

Rotary Bottle Drop-Off site opens for charity

Refundables can be taken in from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays

The Rotary Club of Chemainus is opening a weekly bottle drop-off site in Chemainus.

Plans had been put off due to the COVID-19 situation, but the club has since decided to go ahead with it utilizing safety precautions for the virus. It’ll take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning this Saturday, May 2 at the club’s bunker storage on Chemainus Road behind the World in Motion mural and across from Subway restaurant.

“We’ll have two tables set up here,” explained club member Derek Hardacker. “People can come by, we’ll stand back and people can load stuff up on the table.”

A team of three will be on hand to handle the bottles, but Hardacker has a special request.

“If people can put plastics and cans in bags and glass in boxes, it’ll help us immensely,” he said. “That’s what we recommend.”

All refundables are accepted. “We take the Tetra packs as well,” Hardacker added.

All proceeds from the Chemainus Rotary Charity Bottle Drop-Off go to local relief.

Community support focuses on youth programs, youth sports and local volunteer groups.

Despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a very special year for Rotary in Chemainus. The organization’s roots here go back to 1950, marking 70 years of service in the community.

The bottle drop-off will help fill a void, especially while the Return-It Depot in Duncan where many people take their refundables has been closed.

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