Ocean Legacy Foundation releases new report on beverage container recycling in BC

  • Each day more than one million beverage containers and 2.3 million beverage container caps go missing in BC, and millions in economic opportunity with them.

     

  • The Government of British Columbia was the first jurisdiction in the world to adopt a regulated beverage container refund system; this system is now 50 years old.

     

  • Ocean Legacy Foundation is recommending five policy changes to reclaim BC’s global environmental leadership and increase beverage container recycling.

READ FULL REPORT: "MISSING MILLIONS"

OLF’s latest report, “British Columbia’s Beverage Container Legacy: The Missing Millions”, provides five recommendations that are shown to increase beverage container and beverage container caps recycling in leading jurisdictions around the world.

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In its report, OLF outlines the current ocean plastics crisis, the role of beverage containers and their caps in contributing to ocean litter, and BC’s declining beverage container recycling rates, especially as they relate to small plastic bottles.

 

5 Key take-aways from the report – the solutions:

The Ocean Legacy Foundation calls on the BC government to update its regulated system with five key, evidence-informed recommendations:

  • Increase the regulated deposit rate
  • Add all beverage containers to the deposit refund system
  • Require producers to collect and report on the recycling of bottle caps
  • Raise regulated targets to at least that achieved by Alberta and Saskatchewan, with long-term targets matching the European Union (EU)
  • Enforce the regulated targets in a meaningful way, such as requiring producers to pay for the clean-up of ocean plastics equal to the amount by weight that they fail to collect and recycle
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