Alberta launches milk container deposit
Efforts aim to achieve an 85 percent
Changes to the Alberta’s beverage
container recycling program are intended
to encourage residents to return
empty milk containers to one of more
than 200 collection sites in the
province. New regulations make Alberta
the first province in Canada to accept
all milk cartons at bottle depot
locations, and to increase refunds
on containers already in the program.
With an average of two billion beverage
containers sold in Alberta yearly,
500 million containers are not returned
to a bottle depot for recycling.
As part of the provincial “Too Good
to Waste” strategy, Alberta’s goal
is to increase recycling rates to
85 percent or higher, up from the
current rate of 75 percent.
Under the updated program, Albertans
will pay a deposit on all milk containers
and will be able to drop off the
containers at any Alberta bottle
depot. The deposits on all beverage
containers, including milk containers,
will increase to Cn$.10 for containers
one liter and under and Cn$.25 for
containers greater than one liter.
This is the first deposit increase
in over 20 years.
The deposit and option to return
milk containers to Alberta bottle
depots goes into effect June 1, 2009.
Milk containers will continue to
be recycled through community recycling
programs until then. The deposit
increases on all containers currently
accepted at Alberta bottle depots,
including pop, juice, beer, wine
and spirit containers went into effect