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Tetra Paks (non-refundable)

soup, broth, soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk
Tetra Paks (non-refundable)

Residential tetra paks (from broth, milk, milk alternatives, etc.) can be recycled for free through the provincial Recycle BC program. In the Capital Region this is available through the curbside blue box recycling program as well as some drop off locations.

Refundable tetra paks are managed through the beverage container return program. See the listing for Beverage Containers (refundable) for the location of collection facilities in the region.

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How do I go green?

Larger cartons now come with resealable lids. Instead of purchasing a supply of small cartons, get a large one and drink from cups or refillable containers. Switch to glass bottles, where your empty bottles will be reused at least a dozen times before re-entering the recycling cycle.

Cutting open Tetra Pak drink cartons reveals the silver interior, which can be a desirable material for kids crafting projects.

Residential tetra paks are accepted in the curbside blue box recycling program and for free at Recycle BC Depots found here.

Rinse, remove the caps and flatten.  

Contact facilities listed below regarding size limits and charges.

Facilities

  • Alpine Bottle Depot

    1045 Dunford Ave
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • CRD Curbside Blue Box Recycling Program

    (pick up service only)
    Victoria
    250.385.4399

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

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  • Gulf Island Recycling Service

    (pick up service only)
    Salt Spring Island
    250.538.7206

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • Pacific Mobile Depots (PMD)

    6215 Marilyn Rd
    Sooke
    250.893.3851

  • reFUSE

    304 John St
    Victoria
    250.381.6007

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.8080

  • Sooke Bottle Depot

    2036 Idlemore Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4040

  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Plastic Re-Cycle

    1625 Bank Street
    Victoria
    250.595.2685

  • The Environmental Story

    Tetra Pak cartons are a lightweight, easy to store and transport alternative to glass or plastic vessels.The construction of paper from sustainable forest sources, layered with aluminum and polyethylene allows for long term food preservation at room temperature. Billions of Tetra Pak cartons have ended up carelessly thrown into the trash, but over the last few decades many moves have been made to recycle this composite material. Used Tetra Paks are sent to facilities that separate the composite materials through a soaking process, the paper slurry is used to produce new paper products and the foil and polyethylene is skimmed off for further recycling.