Beverage container handling fees are paid by beverage product distributors to New Brunswick’s privately-run beverage container redemption centres as compensation for receiving, paying out refunds for, sorting, and storing returned beverage containers.
Encorp Atlantic represents more than 85 non-alcoholic beverage product distributors and is responsible for processing and recycling all non-alcoholic deposit-bearing beverage containers received by redemption centres in the province. Every year, Encorp manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers. Handling fees for non-alcoholic beverage containers are paid directly to the redemption centres by Encorp.
Almost 30 years later since the start of the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program, Encorp has recycled over 3.9 billion containers and contributed $140 million to the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund.
Encorp is committed to the long-term sustainability of the Beverage Containers Program. In 2014, it launched a research initiative to explore and test new methods of redeeming used beverage containers using case studies and best practices from other legislated programs in other provinces, the U.S. and Europe. Objectives include improving recycling rates in the province and consumer convenience, increasing redemption centre productivity levels and establishing provincial standards. Learn more here.