Bottle Bill Resource Guide


Name of Program N/A (No formal CDL is put into place, but instead there is a hybrid between an official contracted program and a public co-op EPR program)
Date Implemented

2001 (Iqaluit Return Program)

2010 (Arctic Co-Ops Program)

Containers Covered

Glass (Iqaluit Return Program)

Aluminum, Glass (Arctic Co-Ops Program) [1]

Beverages Covered

 Liquor and beer (Iqaluit Return Program)

Amount of Deposit

Iqaluit Return Program [2]:

Bottles: 0.29 CAD ; 0.25 returned at depot

Cans: 0.14 CAD; 0.10 returned at depot

Arctic Co-Ops Program:[3]

N/A; funded through 0.10 fee on disposable plastic bags



In 2007, the Nunavut Department of Environment ran three pilot test programs to determine the feasibility of a territory-wide container deposit scheme; these ended in 2010, with the Department deeming that such a program would be too expensive to expand and maintain because of transportation and infrastructure costs. [4] Despite this, the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission continues to charge a deposit fee for all liquor and beer containers. Consumers can redeem them at the Southeast Nunavut Company Ltd. in the capital Iqaluit, which is the only contracted recycling depot in the entire Territory. [5] No data is available on the value of deposits collected, or the return rate. [6]

Arctic Co-Operatives

Arctic Co-Operatives is a service federation owned and operated by a collective of 31 co-ops within Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Shortly after the end of the Nunavut trial schemes, Arctic Co-Op stores began to allow people to return their aluminum cans at any of their collective stores. Although there is no formal deposit amount, for each full sealift shipping container that each community fills, a community non-profit group receives $1,500 CAD (at roughly 40,000 cans per container, this is about $0.04 per container). [7] Currently 24 of the 25 Nunavut communities participate in the program, excluding Clyde River.


[1] "Arctic Co-ops recycling turns empty pop cans into cash." Varga, Peter. Nunatsiaq News. 29 May 2013.

[2] "2014-15 Nunavut Liquor Commission Annual Report." Nunavut Liquor Commission.  2015.

[3] See Footnote 1.

[4] "Solid Waste Management in Nunavut: A Backgrounder." Nunavut Department of Environment. 2010.

[5] "Iqaluit entrepreneur keeps empty cans and bottles flowing out of Iqaluit." Varga, Peter. Nunatsiaq News. 25 April 2014.

[6] Private Correspondence w/ Samantha Millette, Research and Analysis Coordinator at Reloop Platform. 2020.

[7] "Who Pays What? An Analysis of "Beverage Container Collection and Costs in Canada 2018." CM Consulting. 5 October 2018.

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Contact - Nunavut


Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission

Government of Nunavut
P.O. Box 1000 Station 200
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0

Toll free: 1-877-212-6438
Tel: (867) 975-6000
Fax: (867) 975-6099

Email: [email protected]


Arctic Co-operatives Limited

Nunavut Regional Office

1121 Mivvik Street
P.O. Box 697
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0
Tel: (867) 979-2448
Fax: (867) 979-2535

Southeast Nunavut Co Ltd (Iqaluit Recycling Depot)

Ulu Lane, Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0, Canada

Tel: (867) 979-6495

Email: [email protected]