Milk & Plant-Based Beverages Transition into the Deposit System
Now, you can recycle milk containers for 10¢ each!
Recycling milk containers is part of the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan that the Government of BC launched in 2019. This program will save millions of plastic materials from landfills. By adding these containers to BC Recycling programs, local businesses, schools, and restaurants will be able to include milk containers in with their other empty containers.
Let’s start with which milk containers can be recycled. We are happy to report that we can take a wide range of dairy milk and plant-based milk containers such as glass milk containers, plastic milk jugs, and cardboard milk containers. Use this chart as a guideline.
Accepted Milk Containers 10¢
Best before date after Feb 1, 2022
- Plastic dairy milk jugs
- Glass dairy milk containers
- Cardboard dairy milk boxes
- Plastic nut milk jugs
- Glass nut milk containers
- Cardboard nut milk boxes
- Plastic soy milk jugs
- Glass soy milk containers
- Cardboard soy milk boxes
Non-Refundable Milk Containers
Any milk product from above with an expiry date before Feb 1, 2022
- Drinkable Yogurts
- Infant Formula
- Meal Replacements
- Diet Supplements
- Beverage concentrates (condensed milk)
- Coffee creamers, whipped cream, & similar.
Are milk cartons refundable in bc?
Now that you know which milk containers you can recycle let’s talk about how you can put more money in your pocket. Milk containers provide a 10C return. They are a part of the universal return rate; all containers recycled in BC are worth a 10¢ return.
You can earn simpler and faster than ever with our two convenient services.
Drop of your unsorted containers to any of our eight depot locations. You can be in and out of the depot in minutes. We’ll sort your empties, and you’ll have the option of picking up your return in cash or withdrawing it from your FastDrop account after we finish processing your return. Yes, you can put your milk containers in with your other empties!
You can also recycle your milk containers from home. With Depozip, you can schedule a free pick-up of your unsorted empties. Set up a free account, schedule a convenient pickup time, and put your unsorted empties on the curb. We’ll process your recycling and send a return to your account.
This new recycling program, implemented by the Government of BC, launches on February 1st, 2022. Please keep in mind that we can only accept milk containers with a best-before-date that falls on or after Feb 1st.
Making an A-moo-zing Impact
In 2017/2018, BC dairy farmers produced 808 Million gallons of milk. With this new recycling program, including dairy milk, nuts milk, soy milk, and other milk substitutes, the impact of recycling milk containers will be immense. To ensure we can recycle all the containers we collect, please give your milk containers a good rinse. This will mean we can give them a new life. Thank you for being a part of this great community and helping us keep containers out of landfills!