Return-It, BC’s beverage container recycling program released a new stewardship plan for consultation. In BC, retailers charge a deposit on beverage containers and provide a refund of that deposit when the container is returned. Return-to-retail is mandatory in BC although only 5% of containers are ordinarily returned through retailers; most retail stores are currently not accepting return-to-retail containers due to the COVID-19 crisis. The new plan would harmonize the deposit rate at 10 cents for all containers as of October 1, 2020 and refunds at 10 cents as of October 11, 2020. Under a six-month pilot program, Return-It will accept all alcoholic and non-alcoholic aluminum cans. (Many beer bottles and cans are ordinarily returned through liquor stores).
The new program plan will also: expand Express Plus automated solar-powered stations located in partnership with major retailers and shopping centres; include containers for milk and milk substitutes under the deposit regime on February 1, 2022; and, expand the popular textiles collection program. Stakeholders may provide input until September 15, 2020. RCC will make a stakeholder submission on behalf of the retail industry.