Bot­tle and can de­posit to dou­ble

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

The Min­is­ter of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, Pierre Ar­cand, has an­nounced an in­crease from 5 to 10 cents for beer and soft drink con­tain­ers. The de­posit price of 5 cents has been in place since the be­gin­ning of the pro­gram, over twenty-five years ago. “When we re­al­ize that the re­cy­cling of alu­minium takes only 5% of the en­ergy used in the pro­duc­tion of alu­minium, the in­crease in the de­posit price is good news to en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­cy­cle more,” said Steven Guil­beault, the as­sis­tant co­or­di­na­tor at Equiterre. “This mea­sure is even more nec­es­sary be­cause we send twenty mil­lion dol­lars worth of cans to dump sites each year, an un­ac­cept­able loss for Que­bec so­ci­ety,” he added.

The govern­ment is also con­sid­er­ing putting a de­posit price on other kinds of con­tain­ers.

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