A three-party committee of the Alberta legislature is recommending significant changes to the province’s deposit-refund system for used beverage containers that are collected in a return-to-depot program in that province. The recommendations include raising deposits on small and large containers to 10 and 20 cents respectively, and including all milk containers.
The recommendations are widely expected to be accepted by the government since they have the support of all three major political parties. The inclusion of milk containers is a North American first (except for the deposit on plastic milk jugs in Ontario, which represents only a small portion of milk packaging there; plastic pouches and cartons are ubiquitous). Industry observers say this may eventually lead to milk’s inclusion in deposit-refund programs in other provinces.