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Non-Dairy Beverages

This information helps stewards report using the correct material categories. If you require further assistance determining which category is right for your materials, please use the Materials Tool.

COMMON PRODUCTS

COMPONENTS

TYPICAL WERECYCLE MATERIAL SUBCATEGORIES

REPORTING TIPS

 

 

 

 

Bottled beverage

Examples include: water, juice, pop, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottle cap and ring

  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) <5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Other Aluminum Packaging
  • Other Steel Containers and Packaging – Non-Beverage

Where a deposit program does not exist, report bottle caps, rings and labels.

Report caps and bottle rings from beverage containers under the appropriate non-beverage categories when not using the Component Threshold Rule.

Label

  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Paper Laminates

Bottle

  • PET Bottles and Jars <5 Litres – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • PET Bottles and Jars > 5 Litres – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • HDPE Bottles, Jars and Jugs < 5 Litres – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • HDPE Bottles, Jars and Jugs > 5 Litres – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Beverage- Non-Alcoholic
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) > 5 Litres – Beverage- Non-Alcoholic
  • Clear Glass – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • Coloured Glass – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic

 

Protective seal around cap

  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
 

Canned beverage (non-alcoholic)

Examples include: pop, juice, etc.

N/A

  • Other Steel Containers and Packaging – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • Aluminum Beverage Containers – Non-Alcoholic

 

Juice boxes

Box

  • Aseptic Containers – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic
  • Gable Top Containers – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic

Juice boxes are on deposit in BC and SK.

Cap

  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) <5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
 

Straw

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage

Recycle BC: report both the straw and the wrapper as straws are designated Single-Use Products. Learn more

MMSW, MMSM, and Stewardship Ontario stewards should not report the straw on a juice box.

Straw wrapper

  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

Drink in a bag

Bag

  • Plastic Laminates – Beverage

 

Straw

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage

Recycle BC: report both the straw and the wrapper as straws are designated Single-Use Products. Learn more

MMSW, MMSM, and Stewardship Ontario stewards should not report the straw on a juice box.

Straw wrapper

  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

Cap

  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
 

Juice cartons

Cap

  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage

Where a deposit program does not exist report bottle caps, rings and labels.

Report caps and bottle rings from beverage containers under the appropriate non-beverage categories when not using the Component Threshold Rule

Label

  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
  • Paper Laminates
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging

Carton

  • Gable Top Containers – Beverage
  • Aseptic Containers - Beverage - Non-Alcoholic

Protective seal

  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Other Aluminum Packaging
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
  • Paper Laminates

Secondary packaging (for all beverage containers sold in multi-packs)

Box

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Corrugated Cardboard

 

Protective film for ring around multi-packs

  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

 

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