Government of New Brunswick

Before bringing back the containers you've collected at home, school, or work, it's a good idea to follow these few simple steps:

Beverage Containers Program / Programme de gestion des récipients à boisson

 

  • Leave off the caps and lids (the material in these items will not mix with the material from the containers in the recycling process).
  • Make sure the containers are empty.
Beverage Containers Program / Programme de gestion des récipients à boisson

 

  • Give the containers a quick rinse.
  • Leave the labels on (the Return for Refund message must be on the container in order for you to get your refund).
  • Sort the containers by type, and material (ie. separate glass and plastic bottles).
Beverage Containers Program / Programme de gestion des récipients à boisson

 

And why are you being asked to follow these steps?

One reason is that you'll get your refund faster.

Did you know that each day a Redemption Centre receives anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 containers? Now, just imagine how much time it would take for staff at redemption centres to sort all of these containers, remove any garbage, rinse them out, and so on...

Beverage Containers Program / Programme de gestion des récipients  à boisson

...As we all know, time equals money, and it's important that we make this effort to improve our environment as practical as possible.

It's also important that we think of the health and safety of those who handle our containers, by making sure that there are no chemicals, sharp objects or other harmful items in the containers we return.

Other possibilities
New Brunswick's Beverage Containers Program

Some retailers will also take your empty containers and pay you your refund, but most don't.

It would be impractical and very costly if processors had to make the rounds to the thousands of stores in N.B. to pick up a handful of empty containers at a time. So, the Redemption Centre system is the most efficient way to gather large quantities of empties for processing.

Please note that some areas of N.B., the municipality, local Solid Waste Commission or other community groups run a blue box program.

Some programs may accept beverage containers and collect your refund as a means of supporting their recycling efforts. It's best to check with your local town, village, or city hall or contact your Local Service District representative to find out about the program in your area.