Return-It Streetscape Bins

Recycling for people on-the-go

Return-It Streetscape Bins

Currently in British Columbia, large quantities of empty beverage containers are thrown into the trash, when they could be recycled.  This is partially due to the lack of recycling bins, available to people who are on the go, around and in the city.  Recycling isn't always easy for people when they are out-and-about and not near a Return-It Depot.

We have been supplying municipalities and BC parks with dedicated beverage container recycling bins to help get these beverage containers to the depot and out of the trash.

The bins are provided free of charge to municipalities based on a formula that calculates the ratio of bins to residents that maximizes use.  They are placed in high traffic pedestrian areas or busy city parks, where recycling options are limited.  The bins are non-locking and accessible to anyone that wants to collect the containers and return them to the local depot.

Program Success

Based on audits conducted by local municipalities we know that the bins have a very high success rate.  In fact some of the audits have shown that up to 99% of the beverage containers have been successfully diverted from the trash.  Surveys of the public have also shown that the Return-It Outdoors bins are a welcome addition to the the communities recycling program.

  Street bins can currently be found in:

  • Vancouver
  • Port Moody
  • The District of Kent Agassiz
  • Kelowna
  • West Kelowna
  • Port Alberni
  • Nanaimo