This means that 565,000 million soft drink containers are not recovered and will never be recycled. Where do these containers go? They needlessly fill our household garbage and end up in landfills. Otherwise, they are just thrown away and pollute the public areas of our cities, our forests, our lakes and our rivers.
And, by not claiming the deposit from lost or discarded containers, Quebecers lose $32.8 million annually in possible revenue.
Number of returnable containers sold
Number of containers returned for the deposit
Curbside Recovery of Containers Not Returned for Deposit Refund
Rate of Recovery of 5¢ Deposit Containers
71.5 % Aluminum cans
74.0 % Plastic containers
83.1 % Glass containers
Residential recovery rate
Non-residential recovery rate
Number of containers discarded/lost
Number of containers discarded/lost per day
Monetary loss in unredeemed deposits per year