Do your research ahead of time: Google is your friend! Once you find a center, call them to confirm location, hours and what they do. Some centers have machines and staff that process all the cans and bottles for you. Other centers have machines you will need to use yourself. Still other centers offer boxes into which you place all of your cans and bottles - this is clearly labor intensive and only helpful for musters with smaller can and bottle yields. It helps to call in advance and get a sense of how the center works and what their schedule is on the day you plan to arrive with your treasure.
Timing: We find that we lose our volunteers by mid day on Sunday of any muster because folks have to go home. It's essential to find a center that will open and process redeemables before your volunteer bewitching hour.
Our favorite: We have been using CT Bottle and Can Redemption Center in South Windsor for Musters such as DRAM and Westbrook. There is no question that the Superhero here is our friend Pete, without whom we would be lost, late, and out of luck. Thanks again Pete - we'll see you again soon!
Celebrate and appreciate: The important thing to remember when redeeming cans and bottles is to be polite and grateful for the help of anyone willing to give it. See if it's helpful to provide a note of thanks on the centers' social media channels.
CT Bottle and Can Redemption Center
Location & GPS address: 65 Mascolo Road South Windsor, CT