As the price of oil approaches $150 a barrel and energy is at a premium, high quality empty beverage containers made from aluminum, plastic, and glass are in great demand. Canadian provincial governments and beverage producers (on their own) have taken steps to increase collection for recycling.
New programs Following years of pressure from municipalities, British Columbia’s Dairy Council launched the Used Milk Container Recycling Program in October 2006. In addition to on-going curbside collection, this program offers an additional recovery infrastructure for empty milk containers through 116 existing beverage depots. Encorp Pacifi c, the organization that manages the stewardship obligation for non-alcohol, wine, spirit and imported beer producers, has been contracted by the dairy industry to manage this program. The dairy industry picks-up the costs associated with depot collection, processing and program advertising.