Tim and Karri Collins and their son, Shay, stand among the many bottles and cans seen on an average day at their business, Chazy Redemption Center.
When Tim Collins and his wife, Karri, opened Chazy Redemption Center in February, they didn’t know how well it would do. What they’ve found over the past seven months is they’ve got a business that’s really adding up.
Chazy Redemption Center — located at 9592 State Route 9, next to Up North BBQ and Catering — has been providing a service of taking in redeemable, recyclable cans and bottles on what all started on a whim. Collins said it was inspiration from a man he works with during his full-time job that gave him the idea to start his own redemption center.
“He and his wife started a redemption center in Dannemora,” said Collins. “And, he told me the stuff I needed to do to start my own. So, we thought we’d give it a try.”
The starting of his own business began with location and the location in the center of Chazy on the town’s main road has made all the difference.
“It’s a good location,” said Collins.
The high-visibility location has netted many customers, said Collins.
“The first week we were open, the Chazy soccer team had a bottle drive and brought in like 26,000 bottles,” said Collins, laughing. “We had a lot of bottles to sort out.”
But, that doesn’t phase Collins.
“We’ll sort them, count them — we do everything,” he said. “It’s easier if they are counted so you’re not waiting in line while we count them for you, but we’ll do it for you. No problem.”
The main thing people should know when it comes to returning cans and bottles that all they have to do is look for the “NY” and amount of deposit their worth.
“Some people don’t realize when you go to the grocery store you’re paying that extra five cents a bottle,” said Collins, who noted bottled water is among the most recent redeemables. “And, [water bottles] are about half our business.”
“You’re paying that deposit, so you might as well get it back,” he added.
And, if you don’t want your money back, Collins said you can bring your redeemable bottles and cans in and can donate the proceeds to the Chazy Athletic Association and Chazy Youth Hockey.
Chazy Redemption Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The business also has its own page on Facebook and is in the process of creating a website at www.chazyredemptioncenter.com. For more information, call the redemption center at 846-3999.