Refundable Beverage Containers
Beverage Containers have several disposal options in CBRM. All beverage containers, except for milk products can be taken to a local enviro-depot for refund. These containers can also be placed curbside during your area's blue bag collection scheduled. Beverage containers must not be placed in the garbage for disposal.
Deposit-Refund Program for Beverage Containers
The Deposit-Refund Program in Nova Scotia has been in effect since 1996. The program includes all ready-to-serve beverage containers except for:
- Milk or milk products
- Soy and rice drinks
- Certain meal replacements
- Formulated liquid diets
- Baby formulas
- Beverage concentrates
How the Program Works
When consumers purchase ready-to-serve beverage containers, they pay a deposit. Consumers can then return the containers to an ENVIRO-DEPOTTM for a refund.
|Non-Liquor less than 5L
|Liquor 500 ml or less
|Liquor greater than 500 ml
|Deposits on refillable domestic beer bottles are completely refundable: $1.20 per dozen.
Where can I return my refundable containers?
Refundable beverage containers can be returned to any ENVIRO-DEPOTTM that operates across the province for a refund..
The Enviro-Depots that operate in CBRM include:
||Community / Address
|Burke's Enviro Depot
||Lower Warrant Street, Louisbourg
|New Waterford Recyclers
||5559 Union Highway, River Ryn
|Total Recycling Ltd
||50 Industrial Drive, Sydney
| Triple B Recycling Depot
||24 Stornaway Street
| Keltic Recycling Inc.
||434 Keltic Drive, Sydney River
| Glace Bay Recycling Ltd.
||204 Reserve Street, Glace Bay
| North Sydney Recycling Ltd.
|| 66 Memorial Drive, North Sydney
For more information about Enviro-Depots, residents are encouraged to contact Divert Nova Scotia at www.divertns.ca
When you return beverage containers to your local #EnviroDepot, not only do you get your $$ refund, you are also supporting a small business and helping protect our environment! To locate a depot in CBRM visit: https://divertns.ca/find-depot
Other Waste Management Questions?
Residents who have more questions about Waste Management are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902)567-1337 or visit www.cbrm.ns.ca/solidwaste. Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.