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Aluminum Packaging

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Example & Reporting Tips (Examples provided for illustrative purposes only)

Aluminum Aerosol Containers

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Definition: Includes aluminum aerosol containers that are at least 95% by weight aluminum.

Examples: In SK, MB and ON: Air freshener spray cans, hairspray cans, food spray cans, deodorant spray cans, mousse spray cans.

Examples for Recycle BC: Hairspray cans, deodorant spray cans and mousse spray cans, non-flammable food aerosol spray cans such as cheese and whipped cream.  

Reporting Tips: Exclude aerosol containers designated under separate regulation for example aerosol paint cans.

image In 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.

Aluminum Food Containers - Non-Beverage

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Definition: Sealed, rigid containers that are at least 95% by weight of aluminum.

Examples: Pet food cans, food cans, sardine cans, aluminum shoe polish containers and other similar non-food aluminum containers. Please report all aluminum pie plates and aluminum foil under Other Aluminum Packaging.

Aluminum - Beverage Containers - Milk and Milk Substitutes

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Definition: Sealed rigid containers that are at least 95% by weight of aluminum containing milk and/or milk substitutes.

Examples: Milk, soya milk and rice milk aluminum containers where not on deposit.

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, almond milk, coconut milk) in the deposit program. Do not report these materials in your report.

Aluminum - Beverage Containers - Wine and Spirits

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Definition: Sealed rigid containers that are at least 95% by weight of aluminum containing beverage wine and spirits.

Examples: Wine, spirits.

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation .

Aluminum - Beverage Containers - Non-Alcoholic

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Definition: Sealed rigid containers that are at least 95% by weight of aluminum containing non-alcoholic beverage.

Examples: Soft drinks, water, juice, energy and sports drinks, iced tea, vegetable juice,

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Other Aluminum Packaging

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Definition: Aluminum packaging not included in another aluminum packaging subcategory.

Examples: Foil wrap supplied to the residential consumer as service packaging, pie plates, yogurt/sour cream seals, frozen food trays, lids and closures for beverage and non- beverage containers, tea light candle holders.

Reporting Tips: With the exception of BC, exclude foil wrap, pie plates or other aluminum food trays purchased as products.

image In BC Report aluminum foil, pie plates, aluminum cooking trays, cookie tins, tin boxes which are now designated SUP/PLP. If supplying these items as PLP please include in your report the packaging associated with these products. If supplying these items as service packaging, there may be a change in the obligated party required to report and pay fees on these materials.  Please see 1.10.4 for more information

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