Skip links

All accepted beverage containers have a full $.10 refund value.

ACCEPTED CONTAINERS (please visit Return-It for a full list of accepted items)

  • Aluminum cans (both non-alcohol and alcohol)
    • Leave the tabs on
  • Plastic containers (such as water bottles and sports drinks)
    • Leave the labels and caps on
  • Drink boxes (such as apple juice)
    • Push the straws in to container, if applicable
  • Gable tops (such as 1L orange juice containers)
    • Leave caps on
  • Glass (alcohol and non-alcohol)
    • Leave the labels and caps on
  • Pouches:
    • Including juice pouches
  • Bi-Metals (such as some coconut water containers)
    • Leave the labels on
  • Bag-in-a-Box (such a wine in a bag)
    • Leave the bag in the box
  • Plastic
    • Polystyrene cup with foil lid

UNACCEPTED ITEMS:

  • Any beverage container that was not purchased in Canada
    • Examples include any beverage container purchased in the USA
  • Any beverage container that contains milk or milk substitutes
    • Examples include Boost, Ensure, any type of vegetarian milk (including soy milk, almond milk, et cetera), and caffeinated coffee beverages with added milk
  • Any concentrate container
    • Example includes frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Any container that does not have a label
  • Large jugs for water coolers (please bring these back with their original receipt to the place you originally purchased them for a refund)
  • Please note that the depots can still recycle these items.  They are simply not a part of British Columbia’s deposit/refund beverage container system. 

CONDITION OF BEVERAGE CONTAINERS:

  • Please ensure they are rinsed and as clean as possible (no liquid to be left inside)
  • Labels must be readable and fully intact
  • Do not crush cans/bottles in any way