Tips for A Speedy Return
Make sure your containers are deposit-bearing. Some containers are not eligible for a refund, but still recyclable through your local regional service commission solid waste management program. If you are unsure about a certain container, you can still bring it to your local redemption centre – staff will let you know if it is eligible or not for a refund.
Confirm hours of operation at your local redemption centre. Remember that Saturday is usually the busiest day.
You can pre-sort and count containers at home. Redemption centre staff will do this for you, but having your containers organized by type (i.e. glass, metal, plastic, Tetra) will make getting your refund a lot quicker.
Simple Rules to Follow
Empty all liquids.
Do not remove labels.
(Return for Refund message should be visible on the container)
Do not crush cans.
Ensure bottles are not broken.
Reuse Your Bins or Bags
We encourage you to bring your containers to your local redemption centre in reusable bags, bins or boxes.
If you use garbage bags or other types of disposable plastic bags, you should also think about bringing these home for resuse instead of trowing them away in the garbage. If you do not want to reuse them, your local redemption centre can recycle these for you – just ask if they accept and recycle plastic bags.
Donation Programs & Bottle Drives
Many redemption centres work with charities and organizations to receive bottle drives. If you are interested in donating your containers or setting up a bottle drive, please contact your local redemption centre.
Recycling Pilot Projects
Some redemption centres are participating in Encorp’s recycling research pilot projects and have an automated drop-off depot or encourage customers to use special fixed-count bags or boxes which have a fixed refund value for the number of used beverage containers they contain.