Bottle Depot Closure

Posted: March 9, 2017

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The Corporation of the District of Tofino


March 6, 2017

For Immediate Release

After months of deliberations, the owners of the Tofino Bottle Depot have decided to terminate their operation at Tofino Bottle Depot at 671 Industrial Way due to storage space, parking, traffic safety, and cost concerns. Their last day of operation will be Friday March 10, 2017 from 10 am to 3:45 pm.

The District of Tofino understands how valuable the Bottle Depot has been to Tofino residents, businesses and visitors, and is committed to exploring options, together with the Bottle Depot owners, Encorp, and local stakeholders, for the return of this service. However, this will take some time.

In the meantime, this list of alternatives for residents and businesses has been developed for your convenience.

Residents are encouraged to practice the first two of the three R’s: reduce and reuse by making individual product choices. Practicing the reduce and reuse means that there is less to recycle and less going into the waste stream.

When you are unable to reduce or reuse here are your options to recycle:

OPTION #1: Store your clean, refundable containers and take to Ucluelet Bottle Depot for refund.

  • Ucluelet Bottle Depot is at 325 Forbes Rd., Ucluelet (turn right off Peninsula at Co-op Gas Bar)
  • EFFECTIVE MARCH 15th: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4:45 pm
  • Call 250-726-3748 with questions
  • DID YOU KNOW that in Ucluelet you can also recycle a variety of different electronics (TVs, computers, stereos, etc), small household appliances, paint, light bulbs, smoke detectors, cell phones, power tools as well as light fixtures.

OPTION #2 Return your refundable containers to local liquor and beverage retailers for refunds, noting that by law, retailers are permitted to:

  • restrict returns to 24 per day,
  • restrict to only CLEAN containers,
  • restrict to only those container types and brands sold on their premises.

OPTION #3 Use the Residential Recycling Pick-up Program to recycle plastic, cans and tetra-pak containers. Remember, glass is not accepted in the Residential Recycling Pick-up Program.

OPTION #4 Drop off all types of refundable containers at the WestCoast Recycling Centre

  • 240 Warren Way, Tofino BC (Turn right off Industrial Way)
  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday………………………………. 10am – 2pm
  • Refunds are not given

Interested in undertaking a Bottle Drive to raise funds for a team, club, or non-profit organization?
Please read this webpage thoroughly then
Contact the Ucluelet Bottle Depot for more information at 250-726-3748.

Curious about exactly what is refundable, what the deposits are, and what containers are recycled into? You can find a detailed list here:

Local restaurants, hotels, motels, vacation rentals, and other businesses that recycle beverage containers are encouraged to take containers back to the Ucluelet Bottle Depot through their staff or contracted services. If business owners are unsure of their options, please contact Ann Kim at the Ucluelet Bottle Depot for more information at 250-726-3748

Beverage Retailers
Retailers of beverages sold in containers are required, by provincial law, to collect a deposit on each container sold, and in turn to refund that deposit to the customer for empty containers that are returned.

Schedule 1 of the BC Recycling Regulation explains that retailers can:
• Accept only containers of the type and brand sold on the premises;
• Accept only clean containers;
• Limit returns to 24 per day per person;
• Refuse containers that appear to have been purchased outside of BC;
• Refuse containers that cannot be clearly identified (e.g., labels missing).

For more information:
Read the BC Recycling Regulation here:
Learn more about BC’s Return-It Bottle Depots here:
Learn about regional recycling here: