"Cash for cans" machine arrives at Marcottes



Kate Aley

Marcottes Grocery in Quyon has made it even simpler to get your cash back on plastic and aluminum drink containers. Last week, owner Joanne Marcotte installed an automatic can and soft drink bottle counting machine in a small room to the left of the grocery, in part of the area that was once a laundromat.

As with machines available at grocery chains such as Super C, cans and bottles are fed into a chamber with a conveyor belt inside. After all the recyclables are inserted, the customer presses a button to print a receipt that will be redeemed inside the store. Alternately, another button allows the money to be donated to a charity.

The machine is accessible whenever the store is open: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.