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Steel Packaging

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Example & Reporting Tips 
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Steel Aerosol Containers

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Definition: All aerosol containers that are more than 50% by weight of steel.

Examples: Air freshener, deodorant and hairspray containers, food spray cans, solvent spray cans, pesticide spray cans, wax and polish spray cans, lubricating oil spray cans, insulating foam spray cans.

Reporting Tips: Do not report any packaging that is a designated material or category of packaging covered by other regulations.

imageIn BC: Amendments to the BC Recycling Regulation in 2020 included changes to Schedule 2 containers previously managed under Schedule 5.Aerosol containers for cosmetic and beauty products, drugs, medicines and other health products should continue to be reported to Recycle BC. All other flammable aerosol containers are obligated under  Schedule 2 and are no longer part of Recycle BC’s Schedule 5 program. This includes flammable air freshener spray cans and cooking spray cans previously reported to Recycle BC.

Food aerosol containers that are not flammable such spray cheese and whipped cream should continue to be reported to Recycle BC. For more information please contact NSS or refer to:  Reporting Guidance for Solvent and Flammable Liquids and Pesticide Containers under Schedule 2 » Recycle BC - Making a difference together.

Steel Paint Cans

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Definition: Includes all sizes of paint and coatings cans that are more than 50% by weight of steel or other metal.

Examples: Paint and coating cans, sealants, protective coatings.

Reporting Tips: Do not report any packaging that is a designated material or category of packaging covered by other regulations.

image In BC reporting: Exclude steel paint cans for architectural coatings, paints and stain. Include steel paint cans for automotive paint and marine anti-fouling products, bitumen-based sealants, paint for hobby, artistic or crafts.

image In SK reporting: Report steel paint cans for automotive paint, marine paint, non-latex concrete sealant, and paint for hobby, artistic or cosmetic use.

image In MB reporting: Report steel paint cans for automotive paint, marine paint, non-latex sealant, and paint for hobby, artistic or cosmetic use.

image In ON reporting: Report steel paint cans for all types of paint, stain and sealants.

Other Steel Containers and Packaging - Beverage - Milk and Milk Substitutes

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Definition: Containers that are more than 50% by weight of steel or other metal used for milk and milk substitute products that are not on deposit.

Examples: Milk, soya milk and rich milk containers.

Reporting Tips:

image In BC: Please note the containers for the following beverages are on deposit and should not be included in your steward report: milk, milk substitutes such as rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk (or any other milk substitute that comes from grains, nuts or vegetables), flavoured milk (where milk appears as one of the first three ingredients in the ingredient list).

Please note the following beverages are not on deposit and must be included in your steward report: ready-to-drink infant formulas, dietary supplements and meal replacements, condensed or evaporated milk, whipping cream, coffee cream or other coffee additives, buttermilk, drinkable yogurt or modified milk-derived products such as kefir.

image In SK: Please note the following ready-to-drink beverages are not on deposit and should be included in your steward report: infant formula, dietary supplements and meal replacement products.

Please Note: SK includes all milk beverages (including milk, buttermilk, cream, fluid coffee cream, lactose-free milk products, drinkable yogurts) and non-dairy ready-to-drink milk substitute beverages (such as rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk) in the deposit program. Do not report these materials in your report.

Other Steel Containers and Packaging - Beverage - Wine and Spirits

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Definition: Containers that are more than 50% by weight of steel or other metal used for wine and spirits.

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Other Steel Containers and Packaging - Beverage - Non-Alcoholic

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Definition: Containers that are more than 50% by weight of steel or other metal used for non-alcoholic beverages.

Examples: Fruit juices, energy drinks.

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Other Steel Containers and Packaging - Non-Beverage

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Definition: All other containers that are more than 50% by weight of steel or other metal and are not included in another steel and other metal packaging subcategory.

Examples: Steel food containers such as soup, lids and closures on packaging (closures for both beverage and non- beverage products), wire hangers when provided as service packaging with an item of clothing, cookie tins, tea tins.

Reporting Tips: Exclude any steel containers designated under separate regulation.

image In BC:  Report cookie tins, coffee tins and other steel containers purchased as a product which are designated PLP. If supplying these items as PLP please include in your report the packaging associated with these products.

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