Government of New Brunswick


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:
2017 ENV Beverage Container Handling.pdf,
2022 Beverage Container Handling Fees


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Recyclable Containers 
  Non-Alcoholic Beverages (10¢ deposit, 5¢ refund).102017-04-01
  Alcoholic over 500 ml (20¢ deposit, 10¢ refund).202017-04-01
  Alcoholic under 500 ml (10¢ deposit, 5¢ refund).102017-04-01
Refillable  2017-04-01
  Local Area Beer Bottles (10¢ deposit, 10¢ refund ).102017-04-01
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