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Personal: Recycling at Bottle Depots

Recycling is not just good for the environment, but your local bottle depot can help you make some extra money.

The government requires that many consumer containers be recyclable. Manufacturers and retailers charge a deposit on such containers when you buy the products inside. These deposits are returned when customers return the containers.

Containers that are recyclable are:

  • Aluminium beverage cans (beer & pop)
  • Glass bottles (refillable or not)
  • Plastic bottles (except milk jugs)
  • Foil-sealed plastic cups for various juices
  • Baby juice bottles (from Gerber, Heinz, etc)
  • Bag in a box containers (for wine, juice, and water-keep the bag IN the box)
  • Tetrapaks (the paper containers with foil inside lining will be recyclable beginning this fall)
Bottle depots do not accept any milk containers (yet), beverage boxes, or products bought outside the province for deposit returns.



Beer bottles can be accepted by different bottle depots depending on their brand and origin. Imported beers (from outside the province) are accepted by all bottle depots. Not all bottle depots accept all micro-brewery bottles (like Big Rock and Drummond).

Here is what bottle depots pay for various containers:

ContainerRefund
1 litre & under
Refund
over 1 litre

Aluminium or Bi-metal Cans
juice, v egetable, fruit drinks, non-alcoholic beers, soft drinks, teas

5 cents

20 cents

Glass bottles
bottled waters, juices, liquor, non-alcoholic wines

5 cents

20 cents

Plastic Bottles
soft drinks, bottled water, juices, and liquor miniatures

5 cents

20 cents

Alcohol Containers
Glass, Aluminum or Bi-metalic

10 cents

20 cents


Over 500 million containers are returned each year, which is about 80 - 90 per cent of all those containers manufactured and sold. Of course, many of the balance are accounted for by the "blue box" program and are recycled, so our land fills are not burdened with unnecessary waste materials.

The Vancouver Area has the following bottle depots:

Name

Address

City

Phone

Biggar Enterprises

2577 Kingsway

Port Coquitlam

(604) 945-3313

Blundell Return-It Centre

130 8180 No 2 Rd

Richmond

(604) 274-1999

Booze Bros Bottle Depot

8962 120th A St

Delta

(604) 599-0497

Burnaby Bottle Depot

7415 Buller

Burnaby

(604) 435-3432

Collingwood Bottle Exchange

3535 Foster

Vancouver

(604) 437-1926

Fleetwood Bottle Depot

102 8468 162 St

Surrey

604-585-3544

Haney Beverages Depot

2 22935 Lougheed Hwy

Maple Ridge

(604) 463-6233

International Paper Industries Ltd
Vancouver Plant

955 W Kent Ave N

Vancouver

(604) 327-7647

J R Bottle Depot

4 20097 92a Ave

Langley

(604) 513-0420

Jenill Recycling Ltd

10 8285 132 St

Surrey

(604) 596-1751

Joe's Bottle Depot

29 15515 24 Ave

Surrey

(604) 531-7669

Ladner Bottle Depot

4930 Elliott

Ladner

(604) 946-0309

Langley Bottle Depot

20137 Industrial

Langley

(604) 530-0131

Maple Ridge Bottle Depot

7 20475 Lougheed Hwy

Maple Ridge

(604) 465-8900

Port Moody One-Stop Market & Bottle Depot

2409 Clarke St

Port Moody

(604) 937-0746

Regional Recycling

12240 Vulcan Way

Richmond

(604) 276-8270

Steveston Bottle Depot

130 12251 No 2 Rd

Richmond

(604) 241-9177

Sunshine Garden Centre

23166 Fraser Hwy

Langley

(604) 534-2228

Surrey Bottle Depot & Pop Shoppe

10716 135a St

Surrey

(604) 588-1915

United We Can

52 E Cordova

Vancouver

(604) 681-0001

Vanguard Bottle Depots Ltd

88 Fawcett

Coquitlam

(604) 520-0333

Willowbrook Recycling

105 6001 196a St

Langley

(604) 532-0225


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