Now you can get a FULL
RETURN
for your MILK
CONTAINERS

WHERE CAN MILK & PLANT-BASED
CONTAINERS BE RETURNED?

Regional Recycling is accepting milk containers at all 8 of our locations.

Choose the recycling program that’s the most convenient for you:

Dairy almond soy oats and other milk substitutes are all worth 10 cents

* Containers with a Best Before date prior to Feb 1, 2022
are exempt from the deposit system.

Which milk containers
can be recycled?

With this new recycling program, we can keep more containers out of the landfill and put more return in your pocket.

At this time, we can accept the following container:

Accepted Milk Containers 10¢

Best before date after Feb 1, 2022

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastic Containers
  • Gable Tops  
  • Drink Boxes  
  • Glass
  • Bi-Metal

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. 

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat

Be sure to rinse all your containers thoroughly.
It helps to ensure that all containers are recycled
and given a new life.

What will the milk container return be?

Recycling milk containers will provide the same
universal return price as all other containers.
Each container recycled in BC is worth 10¢.

Ready to start recycling
your milk containers?

Rinse Recycle Repeat

Why recycling milk cartons matters


Canadians consume 9,400,000,000 litres of milk per year*
, which translates to millions of dairy milk containers used each year in British Columbia. This new recycling program includes dairy containers, plant-based milk cartons, and tetra packs. By recycling your milk containers, you’ll be a part of saving millions of containers from our landfills.
*2019 Statistica

Recycle Milk Containers Over 1 million constrainers go missing in bc every year
Recycling Milk Containers With Kids

Getting the whole family
involved

They’re never too young to get involved and help the family recycle. Do your family members take milk containers to school or work? Show them how rinsing out the containers and saving them for your empties return helps protect the planet and put more cash in your pocket.

Incentivize the family by setting a recycling goal and reward for the whole family. You could be saving up for something as simple as ice cream on a Saturday afternoon or a long-term goal such as a family holiday. What can adding milk containers to your recycling do for your family?

Fundraising has been made simpler.

Getting the whole family
involved

They’re never too young to get involved and help the family recycle. Do your family members take milk containers to school or work? Show them how rinsing out the containers and saving them for your empties return helps protect the planet and put more cash in your pocket.

Incentivize the family by setting a recycling goal and reward for the whole family. You could be saving up for something as simple as ice cream on a Saturday afternoon or a long-term goal such as a family holiday. What can adding milk containers to your recycling do for your family?

Fundraising has been made simpler.

Recycling Milk Containers With Kids

Earn more with Bottle Drives

Are you holding a bottle drive for your school, team, or another cause? Now you can earn more by also collecting milk containers. Milk cartons, jugs, and tetra packs are all included in the universal recycle return program. You can earn 10 cents for each of these containers—no need to separate them from your other empties. Simply put them in the bags along with all the other containers that you’ve collected, and they’ll be processed the same way. If you’d like to plan a bottle drive, contact our service team for your free Bottle Drive supplies and any support or safety requirements you need.

Earn More With Bottle Drives By Recycling Milk Containers
Donate your Milk Cartons With DepoZip

Donate your milk cartons to a good cause with Depozip

Now that you can recycle milk containers, your opportunities to donate to your favourite causes have just expanded. Did you know that Depozip allows customers to set up an account for a cause they care about, and the public can donate their returns? Or in turn, you can select from the list of fundraising accounts and donate your return to one that already exists. This ability has been set up at no cost to the public.

Depozip is a convenient service that picks up your empties from your home at a time that is convenient for you. Now, your dairy milk cartons, tetra packs, and plant-based milk containers can be picked up too.

Donate your milk cartons to a good cause with Depozip

Now that you can recycle milk containers, your opportunities to donate to your favourite causes have just expanded. Did you know that Depozip allows customers to set up an account for a cause they care about, and the public can donate their returns? Or in turn, you can select from the list of fundraising accounts and donate your return to one that already exists. This ability has been set up at no cost to the public.

Depozip is a convenient service that picks up your empties from your home at a time that is convenient for you. Now, your dairy milk cartons, tetra packs, and plant-based milk containers can be picked up too.

Donate your Milk Cartons With DepoZip

Understanding the different milk containers you can recycle

We can recycle a wide range of milk containers. This includes dairy milk cartons of all sizes, both the tetra boxes and the plastic milk jugs. The same goes for plant-based milk products, such as almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, and the many variations available at the grocery store. The milk products you recycle must be ready-to-drink products; this excludes items such as baby formula, coffee creamers, whipped cream, or meal replacements.

The simple way to put cash in your pocket is by recycling milk containers.

Put Cash In Your Pocket By Recycling Milk
Regional Recycling Fast Drop Depozip

Where to donate milk Containers near me

With 8 locations, there’s a place to recycle milk containers near you! Find an option that’s the most convenient for you and your family.

When dropping off your milk containers, you can use our service and include them in your bag of unsorted empties. You’ll receive the same universal return price of 10 cents per container.

When did this program start?

This new BC Recycling program began on February 1, 2022. This means that containers with a best before date of February 1st or later can be included in this recycling program. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any containers with best before dates prior to this. We appreciate all of our customers being mindful of this date requirement.

Put your milk cartons in an unsorted bag

You do not need to separate your milk containers from your other empties. Give them a good rinse and add them to your usual bag of containers for recycling. You can recycle these unsorted containers via our convenient FastDrop or Depozip services. Whether you want to come by the depot or recycle from the comfort of your home, recycling milk containers is simple and convenient.

Where to donate milk Containers near me

With 8 locations, there’s a place to recycle milk containers near you! Find an option that’s the most convenient for you and your family.

When dropping off your milk containers, you can use our service and include them in your bag of unsorted empties. You’ll receive the same universal return price of 10 cents per container.

When did this program start?

This new BC Recycling program began on February 1, 2022. This means that containers with a best before date of February 1st or later can be included in this recycling program. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any containers with best before dates prior to this. We appreciate all of our customers being mindful of this date requirement.

Put your milk cartons in an unsorted bag

You do not need to separate your milk containers from your other empties. Give them a good rinse and add them to your usual bag of containers for recycling. You can recycle these unsorted containers via our convenient FastDrop or Depozip services. Whether you want to come by the depot or recycle from the comfort of your home, recycling milk containers is simple and convenient.

Regional Recycling Fast Drop Depozip
 FAQs

Q: What is the return for my milk containers?

A: 10¢ per container. Recycling milk containers will provide the same universal return price as all other containers in BC.

Q: Which containers do you accept?

A: 10¢ per container. Recycling milk containers will provide the same universal return price as all other containers in BC.

Accepted Milk Containers
• 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

Q: Do you recycle all dairy containers?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot accept all dairy containers at this time. Here are examples of containers that do not fit within the current recycling program.

Non-recyclable Milk Containers

  • Any containers with a Best Before date prior to Feb 1st, 2022.
  • Infant Formula
  • Meal Replacements
  • Diet Supplements
  • Concentrates beverages, not ready to drink.
  • Coffee creamers, whipped cream and similar

Q: Where can I recycle my milk containers?

A: Milk containers can be recycled at all eight depot locations, or you can arrange a pick-up with Depozip.

Q: Can I organize a pick-up of my containers?

A: Yes, set up a free account with Depozip, and we’ll pick up your containers at a time that is convenient
for you.

Q: Do I need to wash my containers before returning them?

A: Yes, please be sure to give all containers a good rinse before recycling them. It helps ensure that all containers can be recycled and given a new life.

Phase 3 Response Plan: Our depots have implemented health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.