The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) operates the Used Beverage Container Program and licenses a network of independently owned and operated Green Depots.

Beverage Container Recycling Program

The Used Beverage Container Recycling Program encourages recycling through a deposit-refund system. It was established in 1997 as part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Waste Management Regulations. When a ready-to-serve beverage is purchased in Newfoundland and Labrador, the consumer pays a small deposit. When the used beverage container is brought to a Green Depot, the consumer is given a refund.

A portion of the deposit paid on beverage containers covers the cost of recycling, including administration, handling, transportation and processing costs. Learn about the deposit and refund amounts for different kinds of containers at What’s Accepted.

About Green Depots

Green Depots are a network of independently owned and operated enterprises that generate revenue through the handling fee collected on beverage containers. There are currently 53 Green Depot locations in the province.

Green Depots are licensed by the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), which operates the Used Beverage Container Recycling program.

About MMSB

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) was established in 1996 by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to support and promote sustainable waste management in the province. MMSB reports to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment. As a self-financed Crown agency, MMSB does not receive funding from the Government. Operating revenues are derived from levies applied on used beverage containers and used tires, as well as from the sale of recyclable materials.

MMSB develops, implements and manages waste diversion and public education programs province-wide. These initiatives include the Used Beverage Container Recycling ProgramUsed Tire Management ProgramUsed Oil Recycling Program, Residential Backyard Composting Program; Extended Producer Responsibility planning and oversight; waste management research and diversion measurement; and public education planning, outreach and marketing.

Together, with our stakeholders and the public, we are passionate about working towards a cleaner, healthier Newfoundland and Labrador, protecting our province today and for generations to come.