By SUZANNE MOORE
---- — CHAZY — Donate bottles and cans to Chazy Redemption Center on Saturday, and the proprietors will give the money to the ALS Raising Hope Foundation.
“There are a lot of cases (of amyotrophic lateral schlerosis) up here,” said Tim Collins, who owns the business at 9592 Route 9 with his wife, Karri. And their son, Shay, 8, helps out, too.
As his parents sort bottles in the back room, he often is up front, doing homework.
“He’s kind of like the human doorbell,” his father said, laughing. “He’ll yell to us” when a customer comes in.
Mr. Collins has an aunt who has ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, and he has seen what others go through — that’s why he chose the Hope Foundation as recipient of this bottle drive.
ALS an incurable, rapidly progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles.
READ THE LABEL
The ALS Foundation will get the 5 cents per redeemable container that would normally go to the customer, Mr. Collins said, and the Redemption Center will give 1 cent of the money it makes when it turns the bottles in.
That’s 6 cents, total, per bottle or can.
Don’t bring in empty ketchup bottles, though. Or bottles that held ice tea or sports drinks. Those are some containers people have bagged up with their redeemables, Collins said.
Redeem and recycle get confused sometimes, he said.
“It has to say ‘5 cents returnable New York’ on the bottle or can, he emphasized.
That includes plastic water bottles, he noted.
“I don’t think a lot of people” realize that, he said. “And some people don’t think they can bring Stewart’s (Shops) or Price Chopper bottles. (But) as long as it says ‘New York 5 cents,’ they can.”
REDEEM, NOT RECYCLE
Chazy Redemption Center does have a recycling bin, and the company that picks up the returnable bottles and cans does take those non-redeemable items. But the Collinses don’t make any money handling them and ask that customers recycle elsewhere.
Mr. Collins said hopes to meet with State Sen. Betty Little to encourage having more drink containers made returnable in New York state.
“It the other states can do it, why can’t we?” he said. “Just to keep them out of landfills.”
DOES THE SORTING
While the ALS fundraiser is just Saturday, there are a number of organizations that have ongoing bottle drives in Chazy.
Among them are the Chazy Hockey Association and Chazy Playground Committee. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the Chazy Fire Department have held drives as well.
The Redemption Center, which does the sorting and counting for the customer, takes in the returnables and keeps track of the amounts for each fundraiser. It is not contributing the 1 cent per bottle for those drives, however.
This weekend, soccer players will be going door to door, collecting bottles to benefit the Chazy Athletic Association, Mr. Collins noted.
Drives go pretty well in the fall, he said.
“This time of year, people clear out their garages, getting ready for winter.”
That means bags of redeemable bottles gathering dust need a place to go.
The Redemption Center, located in the same building as Up North BBQ and Catering, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And pickup is available for those with large amounts of bottles to turn in.
For more information, go to the business’s facebook page or call or text to 572-8746.
Learn more about the ALS Raising Hope Foundation at http://alsraisinghope.org.