Refundable Beverage Containers

Since 1996, Nova Scotians have been recycling approximately 80% of the beverage containers sold in our province through the deposit-refund system, one of the highest return rates in North America!

What's Included (return for refund*):


Samples of beverage products that are INCLUDED in the deposit-refund program: (pdf)

  • Gable Top Beverage Cartons 
    • Juice
    • Health, energy & diet drinks (pdf)
       
  • Tetra Pak Beverage Cartons
    • Juice
    • Health, energy & diet drinks (pdf)
          

  • Glass Beverage Bottles
    • Juice
    • Health, energy & diet drinks (pdf)
    • Pop/soft drinks
    • Water
    • Alcohol & imported beer
          

  • Plastic Beverage Containers
    • Juice
    • Health, energy & diet drinks (pdf)
    • Pop/soft drinks
    • Water
    • Alcohol
    • Mini sip bags

          
  • Steel Beverage Cans
    • Juice
    • Health, energy & diet drinks (pdf)
          

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
    • Juice
    • Health, energy & diet drinks (pdf)
    • Pop/soft drinks
    • Alcohol
         

  • Refillable Beer Bottles
    • Brown, green & clear domestic bottles
          


* Please: Remove all caps - Rinse containers - Do not crush containers - Leave labels on

What's NOT Included:

Containers for the following beverage products are EXEMPT from the deposit-refund program: (pdf)

  • Fluid milk and milk products
    • As defined under the Nova Scotia Dairy Industry Act: any non-reconstituted product that identifies animal milk as the first or only ingredient, including whole, partly skimmed or skimmed milk; whole or partly skimmed chocolate or flavoured milk; light cream; blend; coffee cream; whipping cream; eggnog; buttermilk; concentrated milk; and include yogurt drinks, Weider Pure Pro Shake and milk shakes
  • Soya beverage products
    • A product that identifies soybeans as the primary or secondary ingredient, including Natural Balanced, Natura Soy, So Good, Silk Soya, Eden Soya, Vitasoy, Soy Dream, So Nice Soya and Earthshake Soya
  • Rice beverage products
    • Including: Pacific Rice, Rice Dream, Ricesense, Eden Blend Rice & Soy, Natura Rice, PC Organic Rice, Ryza Whole Brown Rice and Organic YU Basmati Rice
  • Meal replacement beverages
    • Including: Boost, Ensure, Equate, Life Replenish, President's Choice Nutri-Total, President's Choice Ultra Shake, Pharmasave Brand, Kirkland Signature Complete Nutrition Shake, Rexall, Truly Health, Truly Health Nutritional Shake, and WellQuest
  • Formulated liquid diets
    • Including Pediasure, Pediasure Plus, Enfagrow, Glucerna Shake, Resource Standard, Resource Plus, Resource 2.0, Resource Diabetic, Resource Thickened Products and Resource Kids Essentials
  • Foods for very low energy diets
    • Which are available by prescription through hospitals and pharmacies
  • Thickened juices including Resource products
  • All baby formulas
  • All concentrates
    • Any product that requires one or more additives to transform it into a ready-to-serve drink
  • All non-alcoholic beverages in containers 5-litres or greater
  • All "Return for Refund" labeled beverage containers purchased outside of Nova Scotia

How It Works


The beverage container deposit-refund system was established in 1996 as part of Nova Scotia's Solid Waste Resource Management Regulations. These regulations ban certain beverage containers from disposal in provincial landfills and require beverage distributors or retailers to charge consumers a recycling deposit fee on all regulated beverage containers sold in Nova Scotia.

RRFB Nova Scotia is responsible for administering the deposit-refund program, including: collection, transportation and marketing of empty beverage containers; and operating a network of licensed and independently owned/operated Enviro-Depots across the province.

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

Container Type

Deposit Paid

Refund

Non-liquor less than 5 L

10¢

Liquor 500 ml or less

10¢

Liquor greater than 500 ml

20¢

10¢

Refillable domestic beer bottles

Deposit are completely refundable ($1.20/dozen)

300 kg

To reach our goal of 300 kg, we all need to reduce our waste by one quarter.