Beverage Containers (Deposit-Bearing)

The New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program aims to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills and to keep litter off of our roadways and out of our waterways by reusing and recycling used beverage containers. Thanks to a deposit and refund scheme on beverage containers sold in the province, used beverage containers are collected at participating redemption centres and then recycled – or washed, sterilized and refilled.

When you buy certain beverages at the store, you pay a deposit fee on top of the price of the item. You get a portion of this deposit back as a refund if you return the empty beverage container to a participating redemption centre, like Re-Centre.

For containers that you drop off at a Re-Centre depot, the refund is credited in your Re-Centre online account. Various payment options are offered to withdraw your funds.







Deposit paid = Refundable

All the following ready-to-drink beverage containers are deposit-bearing. If you purchased these beverage containers in New Brunswick, they can be returned to Re-Centre for recycling.

  • water
  • flavoured waters
  • fruit juices
  • vegetable juices
  • soft drinks
  • beverages with dairy (such as milk shakes, milk protein shakes, coffee drinks, drinkable yogurt, drinkable kefir, egg nog, etc.)
  • unfortified plant-based beverages such as almond, rice, oat, cashew, pea, etc.
  • fortified plant-based beverages such as almond, rice, oat, cashew, pea, etc. if “NOT A SOURCE OF PROTEIN” stated on label
  • sports drinks (such as protein drinks and electrolyte beverages)
  • beer
  • wine
  • spirits
  • low-alcohol drinks
  • cannabis drinks

No deposit paid =
Not Refundable

Some containers do not have a deposit upon purchase. These cannot be returned to Re-Centre. You can still recycle many of these containers – check with your Regional Service Commission’s waste management program.

  • cow’s milk: ultra-filtered, low fat/skim, partly skimmed (1%, 2%), whole/homogenized (3.25%)
  • flavoured milk  (chocolate, strawberry, banana, cookies & cream, etc.)
  • goat milk
  • fortified plant-based beverages such as soy considered a good source of protein (to fit these criteria “FORTIFIED” must be stated on the label and “NOT A SOURCE OF PROTEIN” must not be stated on label)
  • meal replacements
  • formulated liquid diets
  • infant formula
  • powdered or frozen juices
  • concentrates (ex: condensed milk, lemon juice mix, vanilla extract, etc.)
  • fruit syrups
  • containers greater than 5 litres
  • containers purchased outside New Brunswick

New Beverage Containers Now Accepted!

Changes have been made to the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program. Many beverage containers that used to be excluded from the program now have a deposit and can be returned for a refund at a Re-Centre depot (or any redemption centre in New Brunswick).  

Have a quick look at this handy visual guide to make sure you start adding these containers to your Re-Centre bags.