Bottle Depot Recycling Information

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

If you have empty beer or milk bottles at home, do not throw them away! Did you know that you can return empty beverage containers to a Bottle Depot for a refund?

Yes! Believe it or not, when you buy, for example, a bottle of beer, you actually pay a deposit. After consuming the beer, you can take the empty beer bottle to a Bottle Depot. There, you return the bottle and receive a refund of that deposit you paid.

Why do we recycle beverage containers?

It reduces waste and helps keep our communities clean and sustainable. Recycled containers are turned into a wide range of useful items. Plus, it puts money back in your pocket!

What containers are refundable?

  • Bottle Depots only accept empty beverage containers previously purchased in Alberta. In a nutshell, if you bought the product in Alberta and you drank from the bottle, you can take it to a depot.
  • Bottle Depots do not accept containers for other things, e.g. cooking oil, vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, etc. For these containers, check out Calgary’s Blue Cart Recycling Information.
  • Read the detailed List of container types and refunds.

How much refund can I get?

The amount of the refund is only based on the size of the container, not the material it is made from:

  • 1L and less: 10 cents per container;
  • larger than 1L: 25 cents per container.

Anything I should do before visiting a Depot?

  1. Rinse the containers to reduce odor and germs. Do not crush cans or bottles.
  2. You can leave labels and lids on plastic containers, but you should remove other extra packaging materials (such as plastic rings, carton boxes, …).
  3. Before you leave your home, sort out the containers by size or type. This can help shorten the time you spend at a Depot.
  4. More guidelines:

Where can I find a Bottle Depot?

Go this link and find a bottle depot that’s close to you:

Word of the Day:

Sustainable: able to be kept at a certain level. We use “sustainable” a lot when it comes to saving the environment. When we say a practice or a method is “sustainable”, we mean it’s done in a way that does not permanently damage the resources.