SRC now has a registered account with Clynk, the recycling company that partners with Hannaford to handle glass, plastic, and aluminum drink containers.
All refunds from container deposit fees that are redeemed through this account will go to SRC. There is no charge to individual club members using the service.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1 — Place all containers on which you have paid a deposit in one of the Clynk bags provided by the club. (No other types of bags may be used.) No need to sort them.
Step 2 — Affix a barcode sticker to the bag where indicated.
Step 3 — Take the bag to a Hannaford supermarket container-return area, use the hand-held scanner there to read the barcode, and drop the bag in the space provided.
That’s it. It can’t get much simpler.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) :
Q: Where can I get the Clynk bags and barcode stickers for the SRC account?
A: Bill Dowd is our liaison with Clynk and will obtain them for club members. Initially, he will be distributing only a limited number of bags until we ascertain the level of participation by SRC members. Hopefully, he will have to quickly increase the number distributed if member participation is strong.
Q: I already have a Clynk account. Can I still use it but have my refunds go to SRC?
A: No. We initially thought that was possible, but Clynk now tells us that option is available only to high-volume major fundraising organizations, which we are not. Of course, you can simply stop using your own account and begin using the SRC account to participate in our fundraising effort. Just be sure you have the correct barcode sticker.
Q: Can I include non-deposit containers in what I drop off?
A: Yes, although of course there is no monetary benefit to SRC.
Q: Do containers have to be rinsed out and any screw tops removed?
A: No and no.
Q: Can I use any type of recycling bags?
A: No. Clynk accepts only its own, which are 100% recyclable.
Q: What happens if I forget to tag and scan a bag of containers?
A: Our account gets no money for that particular bag.
Q: How long will this in initiative go on?
A: As long as Clynk and Hannaford offer the service.