Beverage Container Program
New Brunswick's Beverage Containers Program was put in place to reduce the amount of waste which goes to our landfills, or ends up being littered along our roadsides and waterways. Several other provinces and American states also operate beverage container programs.
There are currently 78 beverage container redemption centres processing approximately 300 million empty beverage containers annually.
Anyone who purchases a beverage in New Brunswick that is distributed in a container that is subject to the Act.
The unrefunded portion of each deposit is used to recover the costs of administering the program for the recycling of containers. A portion is also deposited into New Brunswick's Environmental Trust Fund, which is used to promote recycling activities and otherwise improve the state of the environment in New Brunswick.
Beverage container handling fees are paid by beverage distributors to New Brunswick’s privately-run beverage container redemption centres as compensation for receiving, paying out refunds for, sorting, and storing returned beverage containers. These handling fees are paid directly to the redemption centres without government involvement.
Changes To Fees
This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
2011 ENV Beverage Container Handling.pdf
Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).
|Fee Description||Rate in $||Effective Date|
|Non-Alcoholic Beverages (10¢ deposit, 5¢ refund)||.10||/2000- 0-/0|
|Alcoholic over 500 ml (20¢ deposit, 10¢ refund)||.20||/2000- 0-/0|
|Alcoholic under 500 ml (10¢ deposit, 5¢ refund)||.10||/2000- 0-/0|
|Local Area Beer Bottles (10¢ deposit, 10¢ refund )||.10||/2000- 0-/0|
|Handling fee for empty refillable beer containers||.02899||2011-12-01|
|Handling fee for all other empty beverage||.04059||2011-12-01|