Why does the bottle depot only give me a partial refund for my beer bottles?

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Some recycling and solid waste facilities are temporarily closed, operating with reduced hours, or accepting a limited range of materials – please call ahead. Consider delaying your visit to facilities unless absolutely necessary by storing dry recyclables and other items at home temporarily.

Bottles, cans and other containers for beer are not included in the Return-It ready-to-drink beverage container recycling program.  The stewardship program for beer containers is managed instead by the Brewers Recycled Container Collection Council (BRCCC).  Some depot locations have contracted services with the BRCCC, while others accept beer containers for recycling as a public service. In order to pay for the costs of handling these containers, some depots discount the deposit refund. The Return-It program has no control over how much of the deposit is refunded to consumers for these products.

To receive a full refund for your beer bottles, bring them to a local liquor store or to a Return-It depot that provides full refunds for beer containers. For more information on this, contact your local liquor store or bottle depot directly or call the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

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