Accepted Containers

New Brunswick redemption centres accept and issue refunds for empty beverage containers you have purchased in the province that are deposit-bearing. Deposit-bearing means that you paid a deposit fee upon purchase on top of the price of the item.

You get a full refund on the deposit fee for refillable glass beer bottles that you return to your local redemption centre. Refillable glass beer bottles are sent back to local breweries, cleaned, sterilized, and refilled.

You get a 50% refund on the deposit fee for all recyclable beverage containers (plastic bottles, non-refillable glass bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, plastic pouches, drink boxes, tetra & gable top containers, etc.).









Deposit Paid at Purchase
Refund Given at Redemption Centre
Non-Alcoholic Beverages (up to 5L)
Alcoholic Beverages (equal to or under 500ml)
Alcoholic Beverages (over 500ml)
Refillable (beer bottles)

Accepted Containers

All the following ready-to-drink beverage products are deposit-bearing. If you purchased these beverages in New Brunswick, return the empty containers to a redemption centre for a refund on the deposits paid.

Deposit paid = Refundable

Deposit paid = Refundable

  • water
  • flavoured waters
  • fruit juices
  • vegetable juices
  • soft drinks
  • beverages with dairy (such as milk shakes, milk protein shakes, coffee drinks, drinkable yogurt, drinkable kefir, egg nog, etc.)
  • unfortified plant-based beverages such as almond, rice, oat, cashew, pea, etc.
  • fortified plant-based beverages such as almond, rice, oat, cashew, pea, etc. if “NOT A SOURCE OF PROTEIN” stated on label
  • sports drinks (such as protein drinks and electrolyte beverages)
  • beer
  • wine
  • spirits
  • low-alcohol drinks
  • cannabis drinks

Non-Accepted Containers
(Not Deposit-Bearing) 

Some beverage products do not have a deposit upon purchase. Their containers cannot be returned to a redemption centre for a refund. You can still recycle many of these containers – check with your Regional Service Commission’s waste management program.

No deposit paid = Non-refundable

  • cow’s milk: ultra-filtered, low-fat/skim, partly skimmed (1%, 2%), whole/homogenized (3.25%)
  • flavoured milk (chocolate, strawberry, banana, cookies & cream, etc.)
  • goat milk
  • fortified plant-based beverages such as soy considered a good source of protein (to fit these criteria “FORTIFIED” must be stated on the label and “NOT A SOURCE OF PROTEIN” must not be stated on label)
  • meal replacements
  • formulated liquid diets
  • infant formula
  • powdered or frozen juices
  • concentrates (ex: condensed milk, lemon juice mix, vanilla extract, etc.)
  • fruit syrups
  • beverages in containers greater than 5 litres
  • beverages purchased outside New Brunswick

New Containers Accepted at Redemption Centres – As of April 1, 2020

Effective April 1, 2020, changes have been made to the Beverage Containers Program. Many new beverage containers now have a deposit and can be returned for refund at New Brunswick redemption centres. You may not be used to returning these containers, so have a quick look at our handy visual guide to make sure you start adding these containers to your recycling bin and bringing them to your local redemption centre. 

How Can I Be Sure A Container Is Deposit-Bearing? 

Check your receipt for the deposit fee upon purchasing the beverage. If you paid a deposit on the beverage, you can return the empty container to a redemption centre. Please also note that you must have purchased the beverage in New Brunswick in order to return it to a New Brunswick redemption centre.

What Do I Do with Other Containers? 

Only deposit-bearing beverage containers are accepted at New Brunswick redemption centres. Beverage containers that are not deposit-bearing beverage containers, as well as all other types of empty recyclable containers (food, household cleaning products, etc.), should be returned to your municipal or local waste commission – check with your Regional Service Commission for information on its waste management program. Some offer a blue box or blue bag program while others do not separate recyclables from other waste streams.

Recycle NB oversees the collection and recycling of used tires, electronics, paint, used oil and glycol. More information on recycling these products is available on the Recycle NB website.

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