Sunday, June 23, 2024

You’ll soon be able to return your milk and plant-based containers for cash


Drink up, Victoria, because your fridge could be full of a lot more moo-la than usual.

Starting February 1st, British Columbians will be able to return their ready-to-drink milk and plant-based beverage containers for a 10 cent deposit refund at local Return-It centres.

Containers must be clean and empty, and can include those such as dairy milk, and plant-based beverages such as soy, almond, coconut and oat.

The new refund program is due to a change in the provincial government’s Recycling Regulation Plan which now allows the above containers to be returned for cash.

Return-It notes that the following beverage containers will not be eligible for refund:

  • Infant formula
  • Meal replacements or dietary supplements
  • “Concentrates” e.g. frozen or unfrozen juice concentrates, etc. that require one or more additives to transform it into a ready-to-serve drink
  • Liquids that are primarily used for other purposes or are not meant primarily as a ready-to-serve drink (e.g. coffee cream and other coffee additives, whipping cream, buttermilk, broth, etc.)
  • Liquids that are not typically considered to be milk or milk substitutes, but rather are modified, milk-derived or similar products, such as drinkable yogurt, kefir, etc. (typically consumed as a yogurt substitute).

Greater Victoria currently is home to 8 Return-It locations, and you can check out the full list here.

Seanna Wainman
Seanna Wainman
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