Friday, January 21, 2022 2:00 PM
Starting February 1, 2022, British Columbians will be able to return containers of milk and milk alternatives for a refund to reduce waste as part of the provincial CleanBC Plastics action plan.
Shifting milk containers to the deposit system will recover the millions of additional plastic and fiber-based containers that were otherwise discarded, such as those from restaurants, schools and offices that did not have access to the recycling system. residential.
At the time of purchase, a refundable deposit of 10 cents will be paid for each eligible container. Consumers get their deposit back when they return their containers.
Clean, rinsed containers of milk and milk alternatives (e.g. oats, almonds, soy) purchased on or after February 1, 2022 will be accepted for the deposit refund program. These containers should no longer be placed in the residential blue box.
Residents are encouraged to continue to recycle containers that are not added to the deposit system, such as infant formula, meal replacements/food supplements, coffee cream, whipping cream, buttermilk or yogurt. drinking, through curbside, multi-family or drop-off services. .
Returning beverage containers for recycling supports the CleanBC Plastics action plan to prevent plastic waste, keep more waste from ending up in landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a brighter, more future own.
- Other provincial measures to reduce waste include:
- increase the number of single-use products (e.g., disposable cutlery, stir sticks, sandwich bags) that can be recycled through industry-funded residential recycling programs, starting January 2023;
- empowering municipalities to enact their own bans on certain single-use plastics, without the need for provincial approval;
- new legislation that helps regulate problematic single-use plastics (products and packaging); and
- the five-year Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Action Plan which will add more products to the recycling regulation and expand EPR in British Columbia; and
- supporting the largest shoreline cleanup in British Columbia’s history through the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative, with over 580 tonnes of marine debris removed to date.
For a complete list of accepted containers and the provincial network of depots that accept them, visit: www.return-it.ca/beverage/products/
Five-Year EPR Action Plan: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/waste-management/recycling/recycle/extended_producer_five_year_action_plan.pdf