Return all your drink containers in one-stop to any Encorp Return-It Depot for deposit refund.

Return-It Depots authorized by Encorp Pacific will accept all drink containers, including alcohol containers. You can expect a full refund on deposit-bearing containers like wine, spirits, liqueurs, as well as non-refillable beer, cider and cooler bottles. See the chart below for the deposit amounts.

Beer cans, standard brown beer bottles and some clear refillable containers are excluded from the Return-It system. (See FAQ for details.) Please note which are acceptable in the Return-It system and which are not.

Important: Home brew beer and wine bottles are not acceptable as they are not a part of the deposit system.

Alcohol Container Recycling
Container Example Container Type Size Deposit Value Recycling Cost How to Recycle Them Description What they are Recycled Into
Plastic 0 - 1 L 10.0 ¢ Cost of recycling is included in price Caps off, labels on The familiar plastic bottles, including coolers and some spirits. Over 75% of the plastic bottles sold are returned. The bottles are power-washed, then shredded, then power-washed again. From there, the shredded material is sold to companies who pull, stretch and meld the shreds into fibre for new bottles and buckets. Recycling plastics uses about 1/3 less energy than manufacturing new plastic.
Glass 0 - 1 L 10.0 ¢ Cost of recycling is included in price Caps off, labels on The wine, spirits, imported beer and coolers in glass bottles. Of all the glass bottles sold in BC, 93% are returned. These bottles are ground down into small pieces called "cullet" and used in the manufacturing of a variety of things such as fibreglass insulation, sandblasting material and even sand for golf-course sandtraps. Ground glass can also be added to asphalt in the making of new roads.
Plastic > 1 L 20.0 ¢ Cost of recycling is included in price Caps off, labels on The familiar plastic bottles, including coolers and some spirits. Over 75% of the plastic bottles sold are returned. The bottles are power-washed, then shredded, then power-washed again. From there, the shredded material is sold to companies who pull, stretch and meld the shreds into fibre for new bottles and buckets. Recycling plastics uses about 1/3 less energy than manufacturing new plastic.
Glass > 1 L 20.0 ¢ Cost of recycling is included in price Caps off, labels on The wine, spirits, imported beer and coolers in glass bottles. Of all the glass bottles sold in BC, 93% are returned. These bottles are ground down into small pieces called "cullet" and used in the manufacturing of a variety of things such as fibreglass insulation, sandblasting material and even sand for golf-course sandtraps. Ground glass can also be added to asphalt in the making of new roads.
Bag-In-A-Box > 1 L 20.0 ¢ Cost of recycling is included in price Leave Bag in Box Large "bags" of wine in a cardboard carton, usually with a spigot for in-fridge use. The plastic in these containers is separated out and can be mixed with other types of plastic to make park benches, bins and other sturdy products.

For a list of all Excluded Alcohol Containers click here >

To view the Liquor Brands Registry List click here >

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