British Columbia beverage container program sees flat results
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The performance of the beverage container return system in British Columbia for 2012 showed little change from the previous year.
Approximately 79 percent of the containers were returned for recycling last year — slightly higher than the 75 percent recycling rate for plastic bottles alone. The average was buoyed by strong numbers from glass, which had a 94 percent recycling rate. Aluminum cans were returned at an 82 percent rate. All told, some 88,436 metric tons of containers were returned by residents, a number that was essentially unchanged from 2011. The volume of plastics recycled in 2012 totaled 24 million pounds, up 3.6 percent from 2011.
On the financial side, revenues totaled $94.8 million, with the average sales price for processed recyclables being down slightly year over year.