Starting October 23, 2006, in the Lower Mainland (and rolling out to all areas of the province in three phases) the dairy industry in British Columbia will launch a voluntary milk container recycling program. The industry has contracted with Encorp Pacific (Canada) to develop and implement the program through its return-to-depot infrastructure.
The program does not place deposits on the containers and grocers are not required to collect them.
Consumer awareness initiatives consist of grocery in-store point-of-purchase materials, newspaper ads and depot support materials such as brochures and signs.
In B.C., the recovery rate is around 70 per cent for HDPE rigid and around 20 per cent for gable top.
Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada that has mandatory stewardship (deposit-refund) for milk containers, but this is only on rigid plastic containers, and has a very high diversion rate. Plastic pouches for milk dominate that market.
Visit www.encorp.ca Consumers can call 800-330-9767.