Refundable Beverage Containers


Beverage Containers have several disposal options in CBRM.  All beverage containers, except for milk products can be taken to a local enviro-depot for refund.  These containers can also be placed curbside during your area's blue bag collection scheduled.  Beverage containers must not be placed in the garbage for disposal.


Deposit-Refund Program for Beverage Containers

The Deposit-Refund Program in Nova Scotia has been in effect since 1996. The program includes all ready-to-serve beverage containers except for:

  • Milk or milk products
  • Soy and rice drinks
  • Certain meal replacements
  • Formulated liquid diets
  • Baby formulas
  • Beverage concentrates


How the Program Works

When consumers purchase ready-to-serve beverage containers, they pay a deposit. Consumers can then return the containers to an ENVIRO-DEPOTTM for a refund.

Container Type Deposit Paid Refund
Non-Liquor less than 5L 10 cents 5 cents
Liquor 500 ml or less 10 cents 5 cents
Liquor greater than 500 ml 20 cents 10 cents
Deposits on refillable domestic beer bottles are completely refundable:  $1.20 per dozen.


Where can I return my refundable containers?

Refundable beverage containers can be returned to any ENVIRO-DEPOTTM that operates across the province for a refund..

The Enviro-Depots that operate in CBRM include:


Enviro-Depot Community / Address Phone Number
Burke's Enviro Depot Lower Warrant Street, Louisbourg (902) 733-2130
New Waterford Recyclers 5559 Union Highway, River Ryn (902) 862-3090
Total Recycling Ltd 50 Industrial Drive, Sydney (902) 564-5173
 Triple B Recycling Depot 24 Stornaway Street (902) 539-8736
 Keltic Recycling Inc. 434 Keltic Drive, Sydney River (902)562-4008
 Glace Bay Recycling Ltd. 204 Reserve Street, Glace Bay (902) 842-0608
 North Sydney Recycling Ltd.  66 Memorial Drive, North Sydney (902) 241-3004


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For more information about Enviro-Depots, residents are encouraged to contact Divert Nova Scotia at



Other Waste Management Questions?

Residents who have more questions about Waste Management are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902)567-1337 or visit Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.