Liquor Plastic

The familiar plastic bottles, including coolers and some spirits.

Liquor Plastic
Size CRF Fee Deposit / Refund
0 – 1L 10¢
Over 1L 10¢

How to Recycle Plastic Liquor Bottles

When recycling your plastic liquor bottles, ensure that they are fully empty, and do not crush or flatten them. Put the caps back on when returning your plastic liquor bottles, as they can be recycled alongside the bottles. Also remember to keep the label on so that we can confirm the type of bottle. Bring your plastic liquor bottles along with the rest of your empty ready-to-drink beverage containers to a Return-It depot to get your refund. 

Plastic liquor bottles can be recycled at all depots, including ExpressExpress & GO, and Express Plus locations.  

To find a nearby location to recycle your plastic liquor bottles, visit

Plastic Liquor Bottle 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. Plastic liquor bottles 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 Liquor Plastics

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.