Gable Top

Coated "gable top" drink cartons are made out of paper and plastic. The name Gable Top comes from the fold at the top which looks like a gable end of a house.

Gable Top
Size CRF Fee Deposit / Refund
0 – 1L No Fee 10¢
Over 1L 10¢

How to Recycle Gable Tops

When recycling your drink cartons, also known as gable top cartons, ensure that they are fully empty, and do not crush or flatten them. Put the caps back on when returning the gable tops, as they can be recycled alongside the cartons. Bring your gable tops along with your other ready-to-drink beverage containers to a Return-It depot to get your refund. 

Gable top cartons can be recycled at all depots, including ExpressExpress & GO, and Express Plus locations.  

To find a depot near you to recycle your gable tops, visit

Gable Top Deposit Refund

In BC, a deposit is charged for each ready-to-drink beverage container that is purchased. This deposit is returned in full when you bring back the empty container for recycling. Gable top cartons are issued a 10-cent refund along with the other accepted beverage containers part of the Return-It system. 

For a full listing of all containers that can be returned to a Return-It Depot visit  

How to Obtain Your Refund

If you sign up for Express, you can put all your empty containers inside clear, transparent bags (no larger than 90L in capacity). Simply bring the bag(s) to an Express location near you, label them, and drop them off. The funds will be issued to your Express account within 10 business days. To redeem the funds, you will need to log in to your Express account. 

If you are using over-the-counter depots to return your containers, you will receive your refund in cash at the time of return. 

What Happens to Recycled Gable Tops

Around 60% of these polycoated containers are returned for recycling. Once returned, they're hydra-pulped to separate the paper, plastic and foil. The paper is turned into pulp and put to use again in paper products and as cardboard boxes. Thousands of tonnes of paper pulp are recovered in this process. For every ton of paper pulp recycled, approximately 17 trees are saved.