General Information for Owning/Operating a Return-It Depot Location

Where are the current depot opportunities?

A full listing of our current depot opportunities can be found in our Business & Employment Opportunity section.

What are we looking for?

Encorp seeks to engage with entrepreneurs who are interested in operating a Return-It Depot, when and where opportunities are available. Ideal depot Owner/Operators have the energy and enthusiasm to grow a successful business, while adding to and benefiting from the value of Encorp’s established Return-It brand.

You are best suited to becoming a Return-It Depot Owner/Operator if you:

  • Have demonstrated business acumen and adequate financial resources, and are willing to invest the time and money required to build and maintain an attractive business.
  • Are a hands-on business operator who is driven to succeed, grow sales and to consistently reach and/or exceed Encorp’s operating standards.
  • Have previous retail or customer service experience and/or have owned your own business.
  • Have a passion for delivering outstanding customer service.
  • Understand the importance and level of detail required to operate a clean, safe, and efficient used beverage container return depot.
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills and a talent for recruiting and motivating staff.
  • Can conduct business and communicate effectively in the English language. Additional languages proficiencies are a definite asset.
  • Share values, which are aligned with Encorp’s Social Purpose.

What is the cost and return on investment?

Cost and return on investment will vary depending on:

  • The size, layout and location of the Return-It Depot site.
  • Your success in building local area customer satisfaction.
  • Your ability to consistently provide Return-It customers with a clean and welcoming environment in which to return their used beverage containers.

How does the depot get paid?

Depots get paid a handling fee for all returned used beverage containers. This handling fee varies depending on the type of container.

What is the minimum size of a depot?

Return-It Depots in the Metro Vancouver area should be no less than 4,000 square feet – ideally more. The minimum size for Return-It Depots in other areas of British Columbia is dependent on the population served by the depot’s location.

Can we meet with an Encorp representative prior to submitting an application?

No, interviews are only provided to successful applicants that have passed an initial screening phase.

How do I apply to become a depot owner/operator?

Step 1 – Complete the below linked application form.

PLEASE NOTE: If you intend to operate the business in a partnership, each partner must fully complete and submit a separate application form. Each partner’s application must accompany the primary applicant’s application. In addition, if you receive an invitation for an interview, all partners must be in present during the interview process.

Step 2 – Submit the completed application forms “Attention: Depot Operations” via one of the below methods:

By Mail to: Encorp Pacific (Canada)
Unit 100-4259 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC, V5G 4Y2

By Email to:

PLEASE NOTE: Application forms submitted in person will not be accepted.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this opportunity, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.