Beverage bottles are different than other plastics

They are highly recyclable and are recycled at high rates, including the caps

Continue to be the generation of change

Help drive Canada’s circular economy forward by recycling your beverage bottles

Plastic beverage bottles are made of highly valuable materials

If recycled, they can be remade over and over again. Keep a lid on it!

Plastic beverage bottles do not belong in the garbage

Recycle them to keep in the loop and out of the environment

The Beverage Industry’s Commitment to Sustainability

Not all plastic is created equally — PET plastic is easily recycled

The beverage industry plays a leading role in developing and innovating environmentally sustainable packaging and strengthening Canada’s beverage container and curbside recycling programs.

Canada’s beverage container recycling programs collect and recycle more than 5.7 billion containers annually, including PET beverage bottles, which are recovered at an overall national rate of about 75%.

The plastic beverage containers our sector uses are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is a safe, durable, highly recyclable plastic material.

With a national beverage container recycling rate of about 75%, and an overall national plastic recycling rate of only 11%, the beverage industry is a demonstrated leader in Canadian recycling. Even so, we want every bottle back and in the circular economy where they belong.


The beverage industry was instrumental in starting Canada’s first-ever Blue Box program in Ontario, and brought beverage producers together to launch Manitoba’s highly successful Recycle Everywhere  program.

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