A new hybrid deposit-refund system coming on March 1, 2025

Clarification - March 11, 2024

On March 1, 2025, all beverage containers made of aluminum, plastic and glass (including, for the first time, wine bottles) as well as multi-layer cardboard containers (a new addition) will be redeemable. That is 5 billion containers, or double the number currently redeemable

This substantial increase in volume, notably when it comes to plastic and glass, will obviously require a deposit-refund system completely different from the one established 40 years ago. The Quebec Beverage Container Recycling Association (QBCRA), the designated management body, is working closely with retailers to implement such a system.

The regulation calls for a hybrid network of return sites, to consist of some 1,500 locations. This implies that the new system will include at least 400 return sites entirely dedicated to beverage container redemption, to be created by 2026. These sites will begin appearing in the spring of 2024, will be in storefront locations and will be accessible to the general public.

Retailers who sell beverages and are targeted under the regulation will also be part of the network of return sites, either individually or as part of groups.

Return sites will feature robust and rapid recovery equipment using state-of-the-art technology, allowing efficient processing of larger volumes of containers.

Work to plan and implement the return sites is ongoing, and includes identification of premises, their redevelopment, contracting for the equipment, etc.

The QBCRA and its partners are dedicated to setting up a network of return sites that will properly serve Quebecers.