If you’re looking to “milk” a little more money out of a visit to SARCAN, you can do so starting April 1.
The provincial government announced Wednesday in its 2017-18 budget that the recycling program will now accept milk containers in the same deposit-refund model as other beverages.
SARCAN’s Sydney Smith said the decision to add milk containers was made with the environment in mind.
“By adding milk products to the deposit system, we’re able to create a lot more diversion from the landfill,” explained Smith. “Once there’s a little bit of money attached to (the deposit) people are more interested in recycling.”
Smith said other fluid beverage containers like coffee creamers, drinkable yogurt and lactose-free milk products will also be accepted.
Tin, aluminum and plastic containers of one litre or more are also going up from 20 cents to 25 cents; cartons and tetra packs under a litre are going up to 10 cents from 5 cents, and containers over one litre will now be 25 cents. Glass bottle rates remain the same.
This is the first change to deposit amounts since 1992.