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Deposit on pop cans and other non-alcoholic beverage containers to double in B.C. next week

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October 24, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Returning empty pop cans to a depot in B.C. is about to get more profitable for groups raising money with bottle drives with the deposit price doubling on Nov. 1.

Encorp is increasing the deposit on all non-alcoholic drink containers in B.C. which includes soft drinks, juice, water, energy and sport drink containers up to and including one-litre sizes from five cents to 10 cents as of Nov. 1.

"Raising the deposit value will provide additional incentive for consumers to return their beverage containers," Encorp Return-It president Allen Langdon said in a media release.

It's worth remembering that while the money received when returning cans and bottles at Return-It recycling depots will increase, so will the deposit charged in stores when the beverages are purchased.

In 2018 the B.C. Return-It program reported a 77.4 per cent recovery rate of recycled beverage containers. The not-for-profit agency believes the increasing the deposit will lead to an increase in containers returned.

"This move by Return-It to increase the deposit on beverage containers up to and including one litre is a welcome step forward in keeping beverage containers out of B.C.’s natural environment. This is a good move on Return-It’s part and I look forward to seeing the results over time," Recycling Council of British Columbia chief executive officer  Brock Macdonald said in the release.

For a full list of the changes go here.


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