ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Returning bottles "Can" Make a Difference!

Updated on May 5, 2015

Who wants to help Make-A-Wish come true?

Several years ago my cousin had a friend in high school that was not expected to make it to graduation. At that time the Make-A-Wish foundation stepped in and to quote a Fraze "granted her wish."

Her wish was to meet the musical group U2. At the time they were in a different country. The Make-A-Wish foundation told her that she and a friend could pack their bags and fly over to that country and meet them. She took my cousin with her. With this said they both flew out and spent some time in another country meeting and enjoying time with U2.

It turned out that she did not make it to graduation and the commencement was in her memory.

So where am I going with this you wonder? And why did I associate it with bottles and cans...

I am glad you asked.

Some states will have a bottle return policy of a nickle per can.

The important question is...


Image -

look at this can and think, where will this go? - What will it become?


Look what someone made. - This was taken at the bottle return location around the corner.

Its Plane What People Will Do With Cans
Its Plane What People Will Do With Cans

Someone tossed this away... - Droped along the road side.

Tossed Away
Tossed Away

Or will you return it? - Taken at a local Wal-Mart

Taken With Permission
Taken With Permission

At work people thought I was strange."OK stranger than usual" - I would spend my lunch time and break times walking the floor and picking cans and bottles out o

Trash Picker
Trash Picker

After one week I would have enough to do a small shoping trip. - There was an average of $20.00 per week.

What I Got with $20.00
What I Got with $20.00

In time that "Can" really add up.

Cash In Hand
Cash In Hand

After all that here is the reason for this page.

I found that after a while that there were organizations that my company was doing fund raisers for . The nice thing is that any money that was raised would be matched by them. I approached management and asked if we could get some bins set up with signs for people to return the bottles and cans to. I agreed to be the one to do the returns and to turn the money in at the end of the month.

Three great thins that have happened this year.

1) From just the bottle return we are already over $500.00 and that is before the matching.

2) There is a bottle return location near me that will count them and had over the cash.

3) They have a coupon in one of the local papers that if you bring it in you will get $.06 per returnable.

This will turn one nickel into $.12 for each can that is returned.

With this being said... Before being matched, these are the numbers:


January - $84.02

February - $53.52

March - $67.35

April - $125.75

May - $206.50

June - $154.59

July: $112.41

August - $110.46

September - $82.20

October - $58.63

November - $64.16

December - $126.96

Total for 2012 - $1,246.55

Total after being matched - $2,493.10


January - $190.28

February - $181.87

March - $192.92

April - $117.91

Total for 2013 - $682.98

Total after being matched - $1,365.96

Grand Total - $3,859.06

I do realize that not every nickle "Can" be matched but in the words of my grandfather, "Every little bit helps."

The image shown with this section was gotten from - The Make-A-Wish web site several years ago.

Can Tops
Can Tops

Just when you thought it was over..

Its time to pop your top.

Our local hospital has a fund raiser where they will collect the tabs for their own fund rasing campaign.

This is just something els to make that lonely nickle go a little bit farther.

Now that you have viewed this page, tell me, "Can" you help Make-A-Wish come true?

Help Grant A Wish
Help Grant A Wish

Where do your returnables go? - I realize not every state has this as an option.

Where do your cans go?

See results

Please let me know what you think.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      7 years ago

      I find it hard to believe that there are still parts of the world which do not have recycling available even though the bottles are sold there. I try to recycle anything and everything I can from the items we purchase no matter what they are related to, it is a part of our world now, and if we want it to last for our children's children, we must do what we can now.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      @Sylvestermouse: Very true.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Our recyclables are picked up each week, just like our trash, but we don't get paid for them. Either way, it is the responsible thing to do.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      @Diana Wenzel: Nice to know you are willing to take a little bit of your own time to reach out and help. Also enjoy that next visit with your mom.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I pick up tons of bottles and cans that are thrown out car windows. They are not easy to recycle or redeem in my state, but I plan to take them with me the next time I visit my mother. Her state does pay for the returned bottles. I donate the cans to Habitat for Humanity.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      @ColettaTeske: Glad to share. And if you are going down the craft path my aunt used to make hats out of the cans.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      We used to save our cans for a neighborhood kid. Our only other alternative is to use cans for crafts or to recycle. Great idea and good work! Thank you!

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from State of Confusion

      @TaraWojt: And the scary part is there are still more that are being tossed. But I can only dig down so far.

    • TaraWojt profile image

      Tara Wojtaszek 

      9 years ago

      Wow, that really does add up. I usually just recycle mine but now you have me thinking about returning them for the deposit.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from State of Confusion

      @bernie74 lm: Thanks I try and keep it up to date.

    • bernie74 lm profile image

      bernie74 lm 

      9 years ago

      What a wonderful lens and ribte, thanks for sharing

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting lens, Thumbs up!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Awesome lens, great job! Squidlike

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from State of Confusion

      @TonyPayne: We don't either. It is mostly plasic. But you have to admit it helped play into the title nicely.

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We recycle everything that the local council takes for recycling, but we rarely drink out of cans these days.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Awesome stuff - really feels good to give back. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, it really does add up! We don't have a deposit, but we do recycle and I hope someone (besides the environment) benefits.

    • Mandy Stradley profile image

      Mandy Stradley 

      9 years ago from Riverton, Utah

      I have 2 bags of cans in my trunk right now. When I see someone collecting cans I want to give them the bags. thanks for the article! I hope more people recycle!

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from State of Confusion

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      9 years ago

      Such a great cause.

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from State of Confusion

      @anonymous: Nice to know where you are from. I have some friends from Australia that started as exchange students here in the states. They now have 4 kids. Its great to hear what your nephew pulled off in one night.

      Sorry but I have to say this - It's a nickle here and you get $1. Does this mean that the exchange rate has gone up?

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      This is a great lens. I live in Western Australia, and we don't have returns on cans or bottles, which is insane. We did have it when I was growing up, but the government stopped it some years ago - yeah, result is more landfill and less kids cleaning up the streets. My nephew recently went to a rock concert and the organisers paid people $1 per can returned. My nephew made $300 that night, which more than paid for his ticket.

    • profile image

      CyberTech LM 

      9 years ago

      I see a lot of homeless in my town looking in trash bins all the time getting bottles and cans to return for the deposit.


      TIP: I wash my bottles and cans out with water before taking them in. This way they are not all sticky and get my hands in a mess.

    • profile image

      MC Productions 

      9 years ago

      Great lens! shame people don't realise the environmental issues plastic bottles and cans cause. I created a video for a charity which is trying to ban bottled water in schools and promote life lasting bottles, which I personally think is a fantastic idea!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens. If only everyone would recycle and repurpose...

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      We place all our recyclables in the "blue bin" and they're removed each week by an elderly woman who returns them for the deposit. Our genius mayor wants to crack down on people who do this, so we're trying to leave things in a bag for her.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)