How can you tell if a plastic or glass bottle is refundable? It’s easy! All plastic containers bearing the CONSIGNÉE 5
¢ REFUND QUÉBEC mention are refundable. Normally printed directly on the bottle, this mention may also be printed on the label. When a beverage is purchased in one of these containers, the retailer charges a 5¢ deposit which is refunded when the container is returned to a retailer.
We are hitting an ecological home-run with refundable bottles that are returned to the retailer, because they are then 100% recycled. Converted into fibres, they are used to manufacture myriad everyday items such as backpacks, baseball caps, bicycle helmets, and t-shirts.
**Don't forget that cans of energy drinks are also refundable !**
How can you tell if a can is refundable? This is generally indicated by the copper-coloured top, and by the mention CONSIGNÉE QUÉBEC. The mention is normally engraved on the top of the can. In a few exceptional cases, the inscription may however be printed on the side. Like refundable bottles, when a refundable aluminum can is purchased, the consumer pays a 5¢ deposit which is refunded once the can is returned to the retailer.
Why recycle aluminum?
It is a lot cheaper to recycle aluminum than to make new ones using raw materials.
One kilogram of recycled aluminum translates into savings of approximately eight kilos of bauxite, four kilos of chemical products, and fourteen kilowatts per hour of electricity, which is the energy required to produce 10 cans using non-recycled materials.
Did you know that aluminum can be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its properties?
Refundable cans that are returned to the retailer are 100% recycled. In America, they are mainly used to produce other cans. It is estimated that a recycled can reappears on a retailer’s shelves in less than 60 days.
Recycled aluminum can also be used to produce many items, from wrapping paper to baseball bats, not to mention automobile parts!