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Center opens 'For Your Canvenience'

For Your Canvenience opened in Latham on Friday, May 18.

For Your Canvenience opened in Latham on Friday, May 18. Submitted Photo

— At For Your Canvenience, it’s all about convenience.

The new independent redemption center on Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham opened on Friday, May 18, and owner Richard Thayer said the community has already come out in support.

“We had a good Saturday. … There was a lot of interest and people stopping by saying they’ve got bottles,” said Thayer.

The business is the first of its kind in the Town of Colonie and Thayer said he’s confident it will take off once people see how “canvenient” it is.

“In our society, everyone is so busy that if they can find a way to cut a chore (they will); and everyone I know, including myself, looks at this as a chore that’s going to take them 30 minutes in front of a machine,” said Thayer.

Here’s how it works. Bring empty bottles and cans to For Your Canvenience and get paid. That’s it. As long as it’s plastic or glass and gets a New York deposit, the business will take any brand, no restrictions.

“A lot of places, if they don’t sell that brand they don’t accept it,” said Thayer.

There’s also no limit to the number of bottles and cans.

Customers can wait and get paid right away or set up an account that lets them drop off empties and continue on with their day.

“We don’t limit you and you don’t have to count them, just hand them to us,” said Thayer. “We can set you up an account, put the account number on your bags, drop them off and we’ll either electronically pay you through PayPal or send you a check.”

The center pays customers the typical five-cent deposit and to turn a profit, collects 8.5 cents per empty for itself once the bottles are turned over to a master recycler.

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