Beverage container Recycling Program


New Brunswick

Type of Initiative: 

Product stewardship

Products Targeted:       

Beverages covered by the program include soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits, water and flavoured waters, fruit and vegetable juices, low alcohol drinks. Milk and milk products are not included.

Containers covered by the program include glass and plastic bottles, metal cans, drinking boxes, plastic cups with foil lids, plastic pouches, and cartons.

Summary of Initiative
Supporting Framework
Program Details
Program Contacts

Summary of Initiative      

New Brunswick's beverage container recycling program was put in place under the Beverage Containers Act to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills or ending up littering roadsides and waterways.

The New Brunswick Department of Environment is responsible for the oversight of the program. Redemption centres, where consumers can return their beverage containers for a partial or full refund on their deposits, are found across the province.

Supporting Framework


The program is regulated under the provisions of the Beverage Containers Act and Regulation 99-66, under the Act.


There is no recovery target established in the Act or the Regulation.  Under the program, an unofficial target of 75% minimum recovery is required.

Program Details


There are currently 75 beverage container redemption centres across the province. Collection sites can be found on the Government of New Brunswick’s website.

Consumers are encouraged to bring their empty beverage containers to redemption centres in order to collect a partial or full refund.

Product-specific Fees:  

For the list of deposit and refund amounts, please visit the Government of New Brunswick’s website.

The non-refunded portion of each deposit is used to recover the costs of administering the program. A portion is also deposited into New Brunswick's Environmental Trust Fund, which is used to promote recycling activities and otherwise improve the state of the environment in New Brunswick.

Beverage container handling fees are paid by beverage distributors to New Brunswick’s privately-run beverage container redemption centres as compensation for receiving, paying out refunds and storing returned beverage containers. These handling fees are paid directly to the redemption centres without government involvement.

Program Monitoring & Reporting:

The New Brunswick Department of Environment reports on the performance of the program annually via their annual report, available on its website.

Program Performance:  

In 2010-2011, the program achieved a 79% recovery rate.

Program Contacts

Government Contacts:
Marysville Place
P. O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5H1
Telephone: (506) 453-7945
Fax: (506) 453-2390

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