Recycling Research & Development

Encorp’s ongoing Technology Research and Development Strategy is focussed on working hand in hand with RC operators to modernize their operations and allow them to offer more accessible and convenient options for consumers looking to return/redeem their UBCs.

Field trials that were conducted throughout an eight-year research initiative (2014-2022) provided valuable data on convenience factors and public perception toward a new approach to collecting deposit-bearing beverage containers in NB. The research project allowed Encorp Atlantic Inc. to glimpse into the future of UBC management and observe emerging trends and best practices in other legislated beverage container management jurisdictions. Among the most significant observations were the growing emergence of both the bag-drop concept in automated centres and retailer participation. One of the the most successful pilot projects in this research initiative, Re-Centre (Moncton), tested and gathered data on a UBC drop & go recycling experience (bag-drop) as a more convenient way for consumers to return their UBCs while optimizing labour productivity for RC operators. Participants provided support for the drop & go concept and wished to see it expand.

With the knowledge gathered from this research, Encorp began deploying technology tools in RCs in 2022, such as its EnSys-Connex POS system. EnSys-Connex is part of Encorp’s payment system. Encorp provides this tracking system with sorting tables for operators at no cost. EnSys-Connex is also the foundation for Encorp’s upcoming express (drop & go) province-wide UBC recycling service, based on the success of Re-Centre, which will soon be launched.

Pilot Projects

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Re-Centre depot located on Mountain Road in Moncton New Brunswick

Re-Centre Pilot Project


Location: Moncton

Launched on Earth Day 2014 (April 22), Re-Centre consisted of self-serve drop-and-go (bag drop) beverage container collection test depots. Re-Centre users signed up online, received a membership card in the mail and used specially designed bags with bar-coded tags to collect their used beverage containers. Full bags were brought to any Re-Centre depot. At the depot, Re-Centre members needed only to scan their card followed by their bags before depositing the bags inside the depot. Bags were picked up on a regular basis and processed off-site. Re-Centre members were credited for the deposit-bearing beverage containers in their bags within three business days via an online account.

Re-Centre operated with three locations in Moncton. The success of the Re-Centre pilot project helped Encorp work on refining the drop-and-go model of the future.

For a copy of the final Re-Centre pilot project report, please send your request to

Re-Express Pilot Project


Location: Moncton

From June 2018-June 2020, Encorp led a similar pilot project to Re-Centre, which was called Re-Express. Re-Express allowed Encorp to test the concept of a self-serve drop & go (bag drop) beverage container collection depot with fixed-value bags and retail connectivity.  The Re-Express depot was set up in the Sobeys Vaughan Harvey store parking lot in Moncton, thanks to a partnership with this retailer.  The Re-Express pilot project also helped Encorp launch and test an in-store cash out option—the Re-Station—for customers to access their refund.

In June 2020, Encorp merged best practices from its Re-Express and Re-Centre pilot projects under the current revised Re-Centre model. The former Re-Express depot was converted into a Re-Centre depot and the membership for Re-Centre was broadened to include all registered Re-Express test participants.


Re360 Pilot Project


Locations: Province-wide

Encorp launched its Re360 green recycling boxes, made from post-consumer plastic and designed to fit 60 empty beverage containers, in April 2016 as a means to simplify the consumer’s and the redemption centre’s process. For each reusable box filled with 60 deposit-bearing containers, consumers receive a $3 refund. The concept is that consumers who use the Re360 boxes would have priority service when visiting a redemption centre: since the value of each box is set, they should not need to wait in line and should be able to leave immediately with their emptied boxes and a cash refund.

A few redemption centres in New Brunswick made Re360 boxes available to their customers during the initial pilot period. These include Valley Redemption Centre (Dieppe Babin Street location and Moncton Collishaw Street location), Maurice Thibodeau Redemption Centre (Rivière Verte) and Dépanneur Fairisle (Fairisle). Learn more.

Re360 boxes remain available at the Encorp office should other redemption centres wish to offer them as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags for their customers. Interested redemption centre operators are encouraged to contact Encorp’s office for more information.

The Re360 boxes are also available to schools for their classrooms to get students involved in collecting and recycling empty deposit-bearing beverage containers.  Learn more about our school recycling program.

Furthermore, Encorp has lent its Re360 boxes to various fundraising and special events recycling initiatives and will be integrating the concept to public space and special event recycling projects currently in the works, such as its Re-Mobile trailer currently being tested in collaboration with redemption centres.

$2/40 Express Bag Pilot Project


Locations: Fredericton, Hanwell & Oromocto

The $2/40 Express Bag pilot project was launched in the Fredericton area in May 2015, in co-operation with three existing redemption centres (Northside Redemption Centre in Fredericton,  Southside Redemption Centre in Hanwell and Oromocto Redemption Centre in Oromocto). Special Express Bags were provided to consumers with instructions to fill them with 40 deposit-bearing containers for a fixed refund amount of $2. Using fixed-count bags allowed consumers using these bags to skip the line and receive priority service, thus reducing wait times. The concept was meant to also reduce labour costs for redemption centres as it presented a more efficient way to deal with the peaks and valleys of customer visits. Express Bags could be accumulated during peak times and processed during lows. The trial period for this pilot project ended in May 2017.

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