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27 Sep 2020

New! deposit change as of Oct 11,2020

Hello, everyone. We assume all the BC residents already know about this big change regarding Encorp deposit system. 

The deposit for All beverage containers will be 10 cent from Oct 11. 2020, so any empty bottles and plastics which is now 20 cent worth will become 10 cent. 

Please contact the local bottle depots for more detail. 
25 Oct 2019

Deposit raise for non-alcoholic beverage containers 

Another reason to return your empties: The deposit on non-alcoholic beverage containers up to one litre will double from five cents to 10 cents on November 1.

Return-It announced that the deposit on non-alcoholic beverage containers up to one litre in size will double from five cents to 10 cents on Nov. 1, giving consumers another reason to recycle their empties. The goal, according to the industry-owned not-for-profit responsible for beverage container recycling in B.C., is to increase the amount British Columbians recycle and reduce the plastics that end up in landfills and waterways.

21 Oct 2019

These are the top 10 plastic items found during shoreline cleanups. (Greenpeace)
21 Oct 2019
For the second year in a row, Nestlé and Tim Hortons were the top companies behind branded plastic bottles, coffee cups, and lids and other plastic waste collected in shoreline cleanups across the country, Greenpeace Canada reported Tuesday. .... full story 
29 Oct 2018

Our teams are happy to share our 2018 donation report with our customers. While we are striving to do more every year, Empty Now Foundation is gradually expanding its influence in African and Syria

29 Jul 2018

Empty Now Foundation

Thanks for your donation. We help Africa & the disabled children in 3rd World thru our Foundation. For inquiries regarding, call or email us. We may or may not contact you individually via any form of media regarding yearly report. Our apologies if you’re not updated after your Giving, but your warm heart has lightened the heart of someone in dismay.

4 Jul 2018

 Recycling Council Chief Speaks after 2018 General conference 

Thanks to our sponsors’ support, our speakers’ expertise, and our delegates from across the continent, RCBC's 2018 annual conference proved to be another rousing success. My extended thanks to participants who filled out our post-conference survey - RCBCworks hard to improve every year's conference experience, and your feedback enables that process. I'm happy to share some of our findings.

A big reason people attended our conference was for the networking. There were at least five ancillary meetings in conjunction with RCBC 2018 this year, and while we saw many familiar faces in Whistler this year, there were many newcomers as well. Forty percent of respondents attended for the first time. As for the venue and location, the majority chose Whistler as the preferred location going forward, with the Lower Mainland clinching second spot. Therefore, we will be returning to the Whistler Westin Resort and Spa next year, from May 29-31.
What stood out for many was this year’s content on reuse. As one delegate put it, "I really like the reuse and repair topics. It was exciting to see the real projects." Others noted they’d like to see creative reuse ideas and innovations such as maker space and hackathons. From the public sector, several wanted to explore how reuse and repair can be more applicable to local government.
Interest was also expressed in learning from agents of change. That included changing the way people thought about purchasing so they are empowered to make smarter decisions on purchasing more durable goods, or those designed for servicing and repair. One respondent boiled down ideal content as information on progress from different jurisdictions, reuse business models, and other creative solutions to significant waste issues.
That request dovetailed nicely into extended producer responsibility (EPR), where interest included improvement of current programs and the initiation of potential products for the next group of regulated stewardship products and materials, such as furniture, mattresses, flooring, construction and demolition waste, and the overdressed elephant in the room – textiles. Also mentioned was extending Schedule 5 to the ICI sector - that might be a whole conference in itself.

Providing programming that is relevant to all corners of the province will be an interesting challenge. With your help, we know we can achieve that balance. So please continue to provide us with your feedback so we can develop content that helps solve your issues. You can still access the survey HERE or contact me directly at

Brock MacDonald
Chief Executive Officer
Recycling Council of British Columbia
8 May 2018

 Bottle return report (2014 by BC Environment): total success 

2014 Return Rates

Total Return Rate: 83.9%
Aluminum: 90.4%
Glass: 92.1%
PET: 74.9%
Other Plastic: 74.9%
Bi-Metal: 66%
Gable/Tetra Pak: 56.7%

6 May 2018

 Wish you a Happy Summer 2018 !

With nice weather that is "#1 in the world, it now starts. Hope you enjoy the sun, drive safe on the road. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. In this summer, we really enjoy working outdoor too. This is our summer! 

From EmptyNow team, the group of owners - 

4 Dec 2017

British Columbia Bottle Recycling System History


The British Columbia Recycling Regulation (2004) provides a single results-based framework for Extended Producer Responsibility with an emphasis on environmental outcomes and program performance. One of the most significant outcomes is a recovery goal of 75%[5]

The Regulation includes core requirements that apply to all producers and stewardship programs with specific product category provisions listed in schedules.  All ready-to-drink beverages sold in the province are required to be offered for sale in recyclable or refillable containers. All are subject to a deposit; with the exception of milk and milk substitutes.

The deposit-refund system is operated by the beverage producers and there are no statutory fees or charges remitted to government under the system. To carry out deposit-refund obligations within a common province-wide system, beverage producers have formed two stewardship agencies. Brewers Distributor Ltd. (BDL) serves as a stewardship agency for most domestic beer and some cider brands. Encorp Pacific (Canada) serves as the industry’s container stewardship agency for all other beverage types including wine, coolers, spirits, some import beer and all non-alcoholic beverages.

The Recycling Regulation prescribes deposit-refund requirements for sellers of containers. All retailers selling beverage containers are to collect beverage container deposits at the point of sale and pay refunds for redeemed containers of the same type and brand that the retailer sells in an amount equal to the deposit collected. Retailers are entitled under the regulation to limit the total number of returns to 24 containers per person per day. Further, retailers are not required to accept any container that is contaminated, rusty, dirty, was purchased outside of the province or cannot be reasonably identified as a deposit bearing beverage container. 

Restaurants and pubs are charged deposits by the appropriate stewardship agency and are responsible for the redemption of containers, but are exempt from charging the consumer the deposit if the beverage is consumed on the premises. 

Stewardship program funding is the responsibility of the producer. Both Encorp Pacific and Brewers Distributor Ltd. pay various handling fees to authorized depots and contracted retailers.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages 

British Columbia's deposit law is managed by Encorp Pacific, an industry consortium comprising the soft drink and grocery industries, with a program called the Return-It program. A multi-stakeholder advisory group (the Container Management Board) oversees the system. This board has no decision-making powers but advises the Minister on issues relating to the system. The Minister holds the power over decisions on the nature and evolution of the system.

Beverage containers can be returned either retailers or special Return-It depots regulated by Encorp. Retailers must, by law, take back what they sell, up to 24 containers per person per day. Encorp also suggests, "Alternatively, you may want to hold onto your containers so that they are ready when your community fundraising groups come knocking." While not subject to a deposit, milk containers can still be returned at depots for recycling

Encorp provides the equipment and expertise for collecting containers, paying out deposits, processing containers and marketing the scrap materials. Depot operators register with Encorp and are kept a sufficient distance apart so they do not cannibalize each other's territory.

Annual recovery rates including specific container type

Financing the program

Encorp pays a handling fee to authorized Return-It™ Depots handling the returned beverage containers and preparing them for shipment to processors. The handling fee varies by container type and depot agreement.

Any unredeemed deposits are kept by Encorp to cover collection & recycling costs. After the unredeemed deposits have been depleted, a Container Recycling Fee (CRF) is put into place. The CRF is the fee Encorp charges to cover the net cost of recycling a beverage container type after any unredeemed deposits and commodity revenues for that container type have been used. The CRF varies for each beverage container category.  As a not-for-profit, product stewardship agency, Encorp Pacific only charges the net cost for recovering and recycling beverage containers. 

For more information about the CRF, go to

Alcoholic Beverages

Wine and spirits are sold largely through government liquor stores as controlled by the British Columbia Liquor Commission (BCLC). The bottle depots handling non-alcoholic beverage returns also redeem wine and spirit deposits.  

Beer System

In BC, beer containers are not exempt from beverage container legislation. The system is still return-to-retail, operating as an independent system. Beer, wine and spirits are sold through government operated Liquor Commission stores and a limited number of Cold Beer and Wine stores, mostly attached to hotels. Refillable bottles are recovered for full deposit at the Liquor stores and the Cold Beer and Wine stores. Bottles that are returned to the Return-It depots are discounted by the depot operator who then returns the bottles to the brewers. 

  •  Deposit: $1.20 per dozen 
  • Handling Fees: 5 cents/doz. to Liquor Commission and retailers. 12 cents/doz. to bottle wholesalers plus a 10 cents/doz. sorting fee. 
  • Freight: Brewers pick up empties at their own cost. 
  • Unredeemed Deposits: Retained by Brewers. 

Annual recovery rates including specific container types



British Columbia's beverage container recovery system, enacted in 1970, is the oldest legislated deposit-return system in North America. On October 1, 1998, BC's Beverage Container Stewardship Program Regulation (now known as Recycling Regulation, 4 see especially Schedule 1) went into effect to address changes in beverage container packaging, particularly the growth of 'new age' beverages.  

The regulation expanded the previous deposit-return system to include all ready-to-drink beverages except milk, milk substitutes and meal replacements.  Under the regulation, all beverage containers must be refillable and no containers recovered by the system can be landfilled or incinerated2.

Encorp, the not-for-profit body responsible for administering the recycling program in BC charges a "recycling fee" affixed to some products ( plastic, glass, some drinking boxes, and poly cups) in order to operate. The fee was previously included in the purchase price, but now is shown separately to demonstrate to consumers the price of recycling. 

1 Jul 2017

Happy Canada Day'
We celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. 
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