This voluntary milk container recycling program is delivered to you by the dairy industry. Services are provided by Encorp Pacific (Canada), the leader in environmental stewardship programs. Encorp, manager of the successful Return-It system for all beverage containers, is dedicated to providing recycling programs that recycle items in our communities into viable products, thus keeping them out of our landfills.
Even though milk containers are part of the Return-It system, you do not pay a deposit when you purchase milk. Because no deposit was paid, no deposit is refunded, but you'll be doing the right thing.
Many people are unaware of the best way to recycle their milk beverage containers. Bringing them to a Return-It Depot, along with your refundable beverage containers, guarantees they'll be turned into something useful like cardboard boxes or tissue paper. Visit our Collection Sites & Services directory to see which depots are participating in the program. Please note that this industry program does not allow for returns to grocery stores.
All empty milk, cream, and milk substitute (soy & rice) beverage containers (plastic, cartons, and jugs) are included in this voluntary industry-run program. Cartons include both polycoated and paper board containers like tetra packs or aseptics and gable top cartons.
It's easy! Quickly rinse them out and crush them.
We recycle those too.
It stops the smell.
The flatter the better.
Make it a habit.
That's wasting a precious resource. Now you can return your milk containers to select Return-It depots. We'll see that they get recycled into something useful. And you can feel good about helping your favourite planet. All the milk containers you return will be recycled into something new. Your plastic milk jugs and milk-to-go containers are recycled into plastic buckets and pails, while all other milk cartons are turned into cardboard boxes and tissue paper.
|Container Example||Container Type||Size||Deposit Value||What they are Recycled Into||How to Recycle Them|
|Milk Plastic||Up to & Including 500mL||No Deposit||Plastic milk beverage containers are processed with other plastic beverage containers. They are baled, shredded and the plastic flakes are sold as a commodity. In some cases the plastic is then put through a process whereby it is turned into a fibre that can be used to make fleece jackets and vests among other items. Most of the plastic that Encorp collects is used to make new bottles as well as plastic buckets & pails.||
For all milk containers:
Capless: Remove any caps from containers
Cleaned: Give containers a quick rinse
Crushed: Crush containers from their sides
|Milk Plastic||2L & Larger||No Deposit|
|Milk Cartons||Up to & Including 500mL||No Deposit||Gable top cartons are made only of paper and plastic. Each container goes through a hydro-pulping process that separates the different material types. The resulting paper pulp is then used for all kinds of industrial paper products such as cardboard boxes and tissue paper.|
|Milk Cartons||1L & Larger||No Deposit|
* Unlike other bottles and cans, there's no deposit to pay when you purchase milk, so there's no refund when you Return-It.
For other inquiries regarding products not managed by Encorp Pacific, please visit rcbc.bc.ca/recyclepedia or Download our BC Recyclepedia Smart Phone App for IPhone and Android