Recycling pays off in a big way for Penticton salesperson

PENTICTON, British Columbia, Oct. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Al Haycroft knows a thing or two about contests. Two years in a row, he’s won the 50/50 draw on the final night of the Penticton Vees’ regular season. But he had no idea his luck would get this good.

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Haycroft was the lucky winner of Encorp’s province-wide Return-It To Win-It Contest. Just by bringing his refundable beverage containers to the J & C Bottle Depot on Rosetown Ave. in Penticton this summer, Haycroft walked away with a cheque for $25,000.

“My first thought was—no way,” said Haycroft. “Sure, I’ve won a couple of things. But this is on a whole other level. You just don’t expect it.”

Haycroft’s winning entry was randomly chosen from over 370,000 entries gathered from the Return-It Depots across British Columbia that participated in the consumer appreciation contest.

Haycroft currently works as a salesperson for a safety communications company. After his most recent win, his office colleagues want in on the action. “Everyone in my office is like—you have to buy us all lottery tickets now!” he said.

“Al embraces everything that’s great about Penticton,” said Scott Fraser, President & CEO of Encorp Pacific. “He’s a big outdoors guy, and he cares about the people in the community too. He gets it—how the small things like recycling can make a big difference in ensuring BC is a great place to live.”

“It’s great to reward someone who’s been a part of this community in such a positive way,” says John Lee, owner of J & C Bottle Depot.

Haycroft intends to use some of his winnings to “spoil” his Mom, who’s now 81 years old. “I figure I owe her one,” he said. After that, he plans to visit Las Vegas, to take in a show by rock-n-roll legend Elton John. “I’ve never seen him before—it’s on the bucket list. But it won’t be for long!”

About Encorp:
Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business. Committed to developing and managing a consumer-friendly and cost-effective system to recover beverage containers from consumers and ensure that they are recycled and not incinerated or landfilled. They also provide their stewardship services on a contract basis to the Electronics Industry for the collection and recycling of all regulated electronic products.  To learn more about Encorp Pacific (Canada), visit

About the Bottle Depot:
J & C Bottle Depot originally opened in 1996 in Penticton, B.C. John Lee, a local resident took over ownership in 2001. The depot employs between 7 – 10 people depending on the season. During the summer many high school students get their first employment experience at the depot. J & C Bottle Depot received Encorp Pacific’s 5 Star Certification for good customer service in 2011. Mr. Lee recently expanded his business and now owns a second location, Biggar Bottle Depot in Port Coquitlam, B.C. 

For more information about recycling in BC or the Return-It To Win-It contest, please visit

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