Beverage Container Recycling Program


Newfoundland and Labrador

Type of Initiative:

Product stewardship

Products Targeted:       

The program applies to most ready-to-serve beverages sold in the province, but exempts containers for: milk, milk substitutes (e.g. soy milk), meal replacement, refillable bottles (such as domestic beer), medicinal/nutritional supplements, infant formulas, concentrated liquids, all  containers of 5-litres or greater and all "Return for Refund" labeled beverage containers purchased outside of Newfoundland and Labrador.

These include aluminum beverage cans, gable top beverage cartons, tetra pak beverage cartons, glass beverage bottles, plastic beverage containers and steel beverage cans.

Domestic beer bottles are exempt from the depot system under the Waste Management Regulations. However, these are handled through an independent return-to-retail deposit-refund system. Beer cans and imported beer have a deposit.

Summary of Initiative
Supporting Framework
Program Details
Program Contacts

Summary of Initiative      

The Newfoundland and Labrador Used Beverage Container Recycling Program, a deposit-refund system, was established in 1997 as part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Waste Management Regulations with the goal of diverting beverage containers from landfills for recycling. The program is administered by Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), a crown agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

MMSB also operates a collection network of Green Depots for the recycling of used beverage containers. Retailers are required to collect and remit a deposit from consumers to MMSB on applicable liquor and non-liquor beverage containers. The deposit is partly refunded to consumers for each container returned through the Green Depot network.

Supporting Framework


The beverage container deposit-refund program is regulated under the provisions of the Waste Management Regulations, made under the Environmental Protection Act.


MMSB established a recovery target of 70%.

Program Details


Beverage containers are collected through the Green Depot network, where consumers can return their containers and collect their refund. To locate a depot, please visit

Product-specific Fees:

For a list of deposit and refund amounts, please visit:

The un-refunded portion of each deposit is used to fund the administration of the program.

Program Monitoring & Reporting:

MMSB reports to the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation on the performance of its programs annually via its annual report, available on its website.

Program Performance:  

In 2010-2011, MMSB collected 160 million beverage containers, for a recovery rate of 66%.

Program Contacts

Government Contacts:
Multi Materials Stewardship Board
P.O. Box 8131, Station A
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
A1B 3M9
Telephone: (709) 753 0948 or toll free at 1-800 901 6678
Fax: (709) 753 0974

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