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Change is coming to B.C.'s Return-It program for refundable beverage containers

Changes to refund prices are coming to B.C.'s Return-It beverage container stewardship program that will see the refund on one litre and larger containers drop from 20 cents to 10 cents.
September 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM

It’s time to get recyclable beverage containers of one litre or more back for a refund.

Changes are coming to B.C.’s Return-It refundable beverage container stewardship program on Oct. 1.

The current refund of 20 cents for plastic, glass and gable top containers over one litre in size will drop to a new, unified 10 cent deposit.

The change complements an increase from 5 cents to 10 cents for containers one litre and under, which was made in November 2019.

READ MORE: B.C.'s Return-It centres are going to make recycling so much easier

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Consumers will have a transition period from Oct. 1 to Oct. 11 to return larger beverage containers purchased before the deposit change to get a 20 cent refund, according to the industry-owned stewardship organization. After that date, the 10 cent refund will apply.

The 10 cent unified deposit was part of a number of innovations announced in July, aimed at enhancing the Return-It recycling system and make it easier to recycle refundable beverage containers.

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