From 5 cents to 10 cents: Quebec changes its deposit system for cans

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All containers, including standard 355-millimetre cans, which used to have a five-cent deposit value, are now worth 10 cents. The only exception is large glass bottles, like wine bottles, which can now be returned for a 25 cent return.The first part of Quebec’s plan to overhaul the deposit system comes into effect Nov. 1, with rates changing for metal cans and glass bottles over a litre.

Quebecers can now return glass bottles over 500 millilitres in size for a 25 cent refund. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC) "Increasing the deposit amount will spur the return of these containers and avoid having them end up in landfills or in the wild," the ministry said in an online publication explaining the new system.

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