Depots that use point-of-return systems to calculate refunds had a 9% higher return volume in 2016.

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Celebrating an 86.2% Return Rate
Posted: June 21, 2017

The beverage container return rate reached 86.2% in 2016, one of the highest return rates in North America and up from 85% in 2015. That significant accomplishment helps solidify Alberta’s reputation as a leader in beverage container recycling world-wide. Other highlights contained in the 2016 Annual Report, released at the BCMB’s Annual General Meeting on June 21, include:• The opening of two new depots - the Winterburn Bottle Depot in west Edmonton and the Walden Bottle Depot ...

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What should I know before I visit a depot to ensure my return experience is a positive one?

  • Ensure your containers are empty
  • Give the containers a quick rinse, especially milk containers
  • Leave tabs and labels on
  • Flatten milk containers and jugs but do not crush other containers like cans and plastic bottles
  • Confirm hours of operation at your local depot.
  • Saturday is usually the busiest day.
  • You can pre-sort and count your containers. Depots will gladly do it for you, but if you separate containers by size (0-1L and over 1L) and type (i.e. glass, metal, plastic, juice boxes) before you head to the depot, it will mean a faster return.
  • Please take home your boxes and bags for reuse – do not throw them in the garbage.

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