Can I Recycle This Container?
Some Surprising Answers!
‘Can I recycle this container?’ is a question we often get asked. It seems that everyone knows you can recycle plastic bottles, pop cans and beer bottles in BC for a deposit refund. But did you know that most of the items shown below can be recycled for cash?
Juice Boxes Containers Of All Sizes
Juice boxes can all be recycled, and you receive a deposit refund. The refunds are 10 cents per container, so it can add up! If your family drinks a lot of juice, you could be throwing money out the window if you don’t recycle these! The juice category includes things like drink pouches, juice cups, larger juice cartons (gable tops) and convenience-sized juice containers.
Did you know that Drink Pouches only have a 25.5% recovery rate* in all of BC? That means that 74.5% of all drink pouches are not recycled. That’s nearly 5 million drink pouches each year that are thrown in the trash. If one person were to collect all those missing pouches, they would make close to $500,000 in one year!
Don’t care about the cashback? Donate your containers to a friend, local binner, or bring them on your next trip to the depot to drop them off at our Charity of the Month donation bins.
A helpful tip: You can squeeze these juice boxes into a smaller size. (As long as the container isn’t so crushed that it’s not recognizable, and the bar code is still visible, it’ll be refundable.) This makes it pretty easy to collect enough to make a trip to the recycle depot worth your while.
Juice Cans over 1 Liter
One-litre juice cartons and juice bottles are worth 10 cents a piece, so bring them in to double up on your refund. Like all recyclable containers, be sure to leave the labels on your juice containers so all of our equipment can properly record your refund. The smaller juice tins are also recyclable and are worth 10 cents a piece, so don’t forget to collect those as well. On a separate note, did you know that the glass Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee drinks are worth 10 cents each? Visit our bottle depot page to learn about the return values for each type of recyclable beverage container.
Wine Boxes / BAG-IN-BOX
Yes, that’s right. Wine in a box containers are recyclable too, and you get 10 cents each when you bring them in for recycling. It adds up when you and your friends have a bunch kicking around from a lazy beach day!
Like all liquor containers you purchase in BC – beer bottles, wine bottles and liquor bottles – you pay a recycling fee when you buy them from a liquor store. So, that means you get that money back when you return the containers for recycling, just like you do with plastic and glass bottles and non-alcoholic drink containers. The good news is that at Regional Recycling, we pay the full refund for all beverage containers – including beer bottles & cans when you bring them into one of our depots. Did you know that Bag-In-Box containers only have a 49.1% recovery rate* in the entire province? That means over 2 million non-alcoholic bag-in-boxes are not recycled each year. Let’s help change that by recovering this valuable resource, diverting it from landfills, and earning some extra cash along the way.
Dairy & Plant-Based Milk Containers
As of February 1, 2023, plant-based and dairy milk containers have been added to the Universal Recycling Program. That means that milk cartons and boxes are now worth 10 cents when recycled.
This includes milk cartons, jugs, small plastic bottles, and single-serve gable tops. However, drinkable yogurts and infant formula are not included. To learn more about recycling milk containers in BC, visit this blog about how to earn with your milk containers.
Were you adding things up in your head as you read this info? Unfortunately, some families toss away $25-50 a month into the curbside blue bins. That amount certainly adds up and can help with things like groceries and paying bills.
While throwing these containers in the blue bins is not ideal – as community groups, charities, and friends lose out on the opportunity to use those funds – many people don’t know that these containers are recyclable and end up throwing them in the garbage!
Next time you ask yourself, “Can I recycle this container?” remember to save this link and share it with your family & friends so they can learn some recycling tips to earn more cash the next time they visit a Regional Recycling depot.