Deposit changes as of Nov 1st, 2019

As of November 1, there will be a 10-cent deposit for all ready-to-drink beverage containers containing soft drinks, juice, water, energy and sport drinks up to and including 1 litre in size. Consumers can redeem their full 10-cent deposit refund on these containers when recycling at Return-It depots and retail locations province-wide.

Coinciding with national Waste Reduction Week, the announcement is the latest move by Return-It to encourage British Columbians to recycle more containers, with the goal of keeping them out of B.C.’s landfills and oceans.

Containers with updated deposits are:

FAQ's

Why are we increasing the deposit?

As the industry-owned not-for-profit stewardship agency, we are responsible for managing B.C.’s Return-It beverage container system and implementing deposit increases. We are moving forward with this change now because we believe it will have a positive impact on the overall number of containers recycled.

When are these changes coming to effect?

Effective November 1st, a 10-cent deposit will be charged for all ready-to-drink beverage containers containing soft drinks, juice, water, energy and sport drinks up to and including 1 litre in size.

What containers types will have an updated deposit?

  • Aluminum  0 - 1 L
  • Plastic under 0 -1 L
  • Drink boxes 0 - 500 ml
  • Drink boxes 500 ml - 1 L
  • Gable Top 0 - 1 L
  • Glass 0 - 1 L
  • Bi-Metal 0 - 1 L
  • Pouches 0 - 1 L
  • Polystyrene Cups 0 -454 ml

How will this change impact consumers?

Deposits on beverage containers are fully refundable by returning containers to recycling depots or to retail locations.  As long as a consumer is returning their containers there is no additional cost being introduced. To find a location nearby visit https://www.return-it.ca/locations/