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’s 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.
Empty all liquids.
Do not remove labels.
(Return for Refund message should be visible on the container)
Remove straws and other debris.
Do not crush cans.
Ensure bottles are not broken.
Crush plastic bottles to remove air if leaving lids on.
We want your lids!
We’re able to recycle each part of your plastic bottle, including the lids. Next time you’re going to a redemption centre, make sure to also bring the lids for your plastic bottle. You can keep them off and just bring them along in your bag or bin with all your empty beverage containers or you can choose to keep the lids on.
If you do choose to leave the lids on, you must follow these instructions:
- Empty the bottle
- Crush the bottle to remove the air inside
- Put the lid back on
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 reuse instead of throwing them away.
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.