How do I recycle my milk and milk alternative containers?

As of February 1st, 2022 there will be a 10-cent deposit charged on "ready-to-drink" milk and plant-based beverages like oat, soy, and almond. The 10-cent deposit will be refunded when the empty containers are returned for recycling at Return-It sites across the province. 

Before returning your empty milk and plant-based beverage containers, remember to rinse them out to avoid mold and smell, put the caps on, or push the straws in. Then take them to your nearest Return-It site, along with the rest of your empty beverage containers.

Return-It Milk Refund

"Ready-to-drink" milk and plant-based beverages with a best before date prior to February 1st, 2022 are exempt from the deposit system. No deposit was paid and therefore no deposit will be refunded for these containers. 

The recycling regulation has some exceptions including infant formula, meal replacements, concentrates, and products like whipping cream and drinkable yogurt. Containers exempt from the regulation won't carry a deposit.

Consumers can still place their milk and plant-based beverage containers into their residential and curbside (blue box) recycling bin that are managed by Recycle BC, but they will not be eligible for the 10-cent deposit refund paid at the time of purchase.

For more information, please visit the Return-It website or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

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