Regional Recycling in Canada
Over the years, as beverage container recycling has increased, the demands on Regional Recycling’s largest locations have increased significantly. When COVID-19 protocols dictated that customers needed to sort their beverage containers outside, owner of Regional Recycling, Rod Lotzkar, knew that he needed to find a solution to help speed people through the recycling process and help eliminate lines in the parking lots. Aware of the opportunities to automate the recycling process using machines to sort and count refundable containers, Regional Recycling consulted with others in the industry who had leveraged the use of technology to make the recycling process more efficient.
The main attributes that helped Regional Recycling make the decision for Anker Andersen equipment were build quality and because the systems are user serviceable. The other options in the market had very expensive maintenance programs. Comparisons between systems showed that the main difference was operator satisfaction. In addition, Anker Andersen was more knowledgeable about how to keep their machines up all the time instead of relying on service technicians.
To differentiate the depots where Regional Recycling use Anker Andersen equipment and to promote it as an added value service to customers, Regional Recycling created the name Quikcount: these state-of-the-art machines are designed to sort customer’s beverage containers at lightning speeds, processing hundreds of items per minute. This means customers can bring in their bags of unsorted recyclable beverage containers, including pop cans, beer cans, and plastic bottles up to 1 litre, and witness them being deposited directly into the Quikcount System.
The containers are instantly sorted and counted, allowing customers to calculate their return on the spot.
Rod Lotzkar expresses his satisfaction with the Anker Andersen equipment in this way:
“Thanks to the Anker Andersen state-of-art machines, estimates indicate that our customers reduce their time spent at the depot by up to 30%. This not only benefits customers but also has a positive impact on the community. Reduced time at the depot means less traffic in parking lots, leading to decreased engine idling and smoother traffic flows. By choosing Quikcount and Anker Andersen, our customers are not only earning faster returns but also actively contributing to a greener neighbourhood”
Regional Recycling is part of a family-run business that has been a leader in the recycling industry in British Columbia for more than 100 years and today they run 8 recycling location across BC.