About Nechako Bottle Depot

Nechako Bottle Depot is the only full-refund bottle depot in Prince George, and we are located downtown at 1922 1st Ave.

We offer a variety of recycling services, including three main programs:

Our bottle depot also offers Return-It Express for individuals who want a refund but don’t want to sort their beverage containers. More information about this program can be found at return-it.ca.

Nechako Bottle Depot does not accept:

  • Soup broth tetra packs
  • Laundry soap jugs
  • Dish soap bottles
  • Plastic food containers
  • Food/soup cans
  • Plastic bags
  • Any other kind of plastic
  • Foam

These items can be placed in residential Multi-Material BC (MMBC) curbside recycling bins or taken to the Quinn Transfer Station at the corner of Quinn and 18th, Vanway Transfer Station, or Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill.

Our hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We are closed on Sundays and all statutory holidays.

Partners of Nechako Bottle Depot

Return-It. It's Worth It.

Encorp Pacific (Canada) developed and administers the Return-It program. They ensure deposits are refunded to consumers at Return-It depots and major retailers. Additionally, they collect and sort the empty beverage containers, as well as transport and sell them to be repurposed.

Return-It does not receive funding from the government or tax dollars. Because the deposit paid on a beverage container is fully refunded when you return it, the process of recycling containers needs to be funded in other ways. Part of the cost of managing the Return-It system is included in the price of a beverage, and some of the funding comes from selling the recyclable material to companies that turn them into new useful products. Unredeemed deposits also help fund the system, but when all of these sources of revenue are unable to cover the costs of recycling, a Container Recycling Fee (CRF) is charged. More information about this small fee can be found at return-it.ca/beverage/products/.

BC Brewers’ Recycled Container Collection Council

BC Brewers Recycled Container Collection Council (BC BRCC) is a non-profit organization established by the brewing sector. With their mission to achieve the highest possible return rate for alcoholic beverage containers, BC BRCC is responsible for beer container recycling.

Productcare Recycling

Product Care Association (PCA) is a federally-incorporated, non-profit organization that provides recycling services throughout nine Canadian provinces, including BC. They set up collection networks for unwanted products, develop transportation systems to move recyclable waste safely, work with other recycling experts to create industry-leading material processing standards, promote awareness of recycling programs, and maintain detailed records for regulators, stakeholders, partners, and the general public.

Nechako Bottle Depot Gives Back

The Nechako Bottle Depot in Prince George believes in giving back to the community. Each year we choose from a list of organizations and community groups to give donations as matching funds to the money you raise.

Our process is simple:

  1. Fill in this form to submit your organization/group’s application
  2. We will review the applications twice a year (approx in Feb and Oct)
  3. We will inform you if you have been selected
  4. Your organization/group needs to host a bottle drive at our location
  5. You receive matching funds for the money you raise.

*Please do NOT contact our retail store. Only organizations that are selected to receive the donations will be contacted.

Donation Application


Please be aware, even if you are not selected for a donation grant, you can still hold your fundraising efforts at our depot. The Nechako Bottle Depot can help by setting up an account under your organization’s name. This means that you can guide your fundraising efforts to our location so that family and friends can allocate their bottles to your organization. Learn some tips on how to make your Bottle Drives successful.

*NOTE: Our depot is the ONLY FULL REFUND depot for beer bottles and cans. This means your organization receives more money for the returns. $1.20 / dozen.