In November of 2009, Toe Path Industries, the work center of the Schoharie County ARC, opened its doors to the public as a NYS Bottle and Can Redemption Center. Our purpose for opening the Redemption Center was to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities, serve our community by providing a fast and convenient means of refunding the deposit fee charged on soda, bottled water, and beer containers, and to promote environmentally responsible practices by educating the community about the importance of recycling. In the two years since opening, we have more than doubled the number of containers we process annually thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response of the community to our service and to the relationships we have established with our local Stewart’s Shoppes, the Schoharie Valley Animal Shelter, Schoharie and Middleburgh Central Schools, Radez Elementary School, several area Churches, and a number of local Boy and Girl Scout Troops. Between the public, our partners and our ARC affiliates, we processed over 1.2 million containers in 2011 paying over $60,000 in bottle deposit fees back to individuals, charities, and businesses.
Since its inception in 1982, the New York State Returnable Container Act, also known as the “Bottle Bill”, has been a tremendous success and has contributed significantly to creating a cleaner and healthier New York. Specifically, it has: reduced roadside container litter by 70 percent; recycled 90 billion containers, equal to 6 million tons of materials, at no cost to local governments; saved more than 52 million barrels of oil; and eliminated 200,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year.
The Redemption Center is conveniently located on Route 30 between Middleburgh and Schoharie at the main campus of the ARC, and is open to the public Mon – Fri from 9 am to 4 pm.