First Time to Our Bottle Depot?

Are you a first time visitor to North Hill Bottle Depot? Here’s our guide to prepare you for bringing your bottles and beverage containers to recycle, the return process at our depot and some helpful information about recycling.

Get Cash for Your Recyclables

North Hill Bottle Depot pays cash for your glass, bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and tetra packs. We let you know the exact value of the items you present and we’ll streamline the process using our computerized point of return system. To get an idea of how much we pay for various materials, be sure to check out our Return Rates page. For more information about our services, or to schedule a pickup at your home, business or facility, please contact us today.

We Make Bottle Return in Calgary Easy and Stress-Free

At North Hill Bottle Depot we make bottle return in Calgary easy and stress-free by offering convenient drop off services 7 days a week. Planning a bottle drive? We can help with that as well by providing recycling bins, as well as megabags, bagstands and helpful advice. We often work with local charities and other organizations to help them raise money through recycling to fund programs.

Canadians Produce a Lot of Trash

It is estimated that the average Canadian produces about 30,000,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste each year. That’s 1.8 kg (4 lbs.) per day for every person. The Conference Board of Canada gave Canada a C grade on garbage production per capita and ranked it in 15th place among 17 developed nations studied across a host of environmental-efficiency metrics.

These days pretty much everyone agrees that recycling glass, plastic, and aluminum is a good thing; Recycling plays a big part in preserving the environment, makes communities cleaner and more attractive, and conserves valuable resources for future generations. At North Hill Bottle Depot, we can help you recycle your soda cans, bottles, and plastic containers at our recycling centre in Calgary.

Recycling Tips

Come to North Hill Bottle Depot for beverage container recycling in Calgary and get cash in return! Most of the beverage containers sold in Alberta stores or liquor stores are refundable.


How Recycling Helps the Earth

Recycling glass, plastic, aluminum and other materials conserves energy and natural resources and reduces greenhouse gases and air and water pollution. For example:

Recycling of aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source. One ton of recycled aluminum saves 14,000 kilowatt hours (Kwh) of energy, 40 barrels of oil, 238 million Btu’s of energy, and 10 cubic yards of landfill space.

One ton of recycled plastic saves 5,774 Kwh of energy, 16.3 barrels of oil, 98 million BTUs of energy, and 30 cubic yards of landfill space.

One ton of recycled glass saves 42 Kwh of energy, 0.12 barrels of oil (5 gallons), 714,000 BTUs of energy, and 2 cubic yards of landfill space. It also avoids the release of 7.5 pounds of air pollutants. Over 30% of the raw material used in glass production now comes from recycled glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Separating your containers by size and material will help your visit be faster and more efficient. We recommend sorting bottles into over 1 litre and under 1 litre. Materials to sort by include glass, aluminum, clear plastic, coloured plastic, tetra/juice containers.

Separating your beverage containers is not required, but it will help make your visit faster and more efficient. If you cannot sort your containers, we will gladly do it for you!

  • Beverage containers purchased outside of Alberta
  • Cooking oil containers, windshield washer containers, concentrated beverages (not ready-to-serve-), lemon/lime juice, petroleum-based flavourings, infant formula, and disposable cups.

Rinse Your Beverage Containers

By rinsing your empty beverage containers, you help make the Depot a cleaner, more inviting place. Cleaning your beverage containers means less odor and less germs. Leave tabs, labels and lids on plastic containers.

Check if the items you have are returnable for refund. You can browse this convenient database from the Beverage Container Management Board.

Empty all containers, bag, or box the beverage containers, rinse milk containers and leave beer bottles in original cases if possible. All other containers can go in blue recycling bins.

Containers can be flattened.

We will count and sort for you.

Visit Our Bottle Depot

Recycle your bottles and beverage containers and return them today at North Hill Bottle Depot in Calgary to get a cash refund. Contact us for more details about our bottle return services.

Steps to Return Beverage Containers

Never been to a bottle depot before? North Hill Bottle Depot encourages everyone to take part in community recycling, whether they have a few cans from a weekend birthday party or a large bag from a bottle drive fundraiser. To ensure you get in and out of our location in the most efficient way possible please follow a few simple steps for beverage container recycling in Calgary.

You can choose to count and sort at home. Rates are as follows:

10 cents

ALUMINUM CANS (beer, pop, juice, energy drinks)
1 Litre or under – 10 cents

CLEAR PLASTIC “P.E.T.” (water, pop, juice)
1 litre or UNDER – 10 cents

1 litre or UNDER – 10 cents

OVER 1 litre – 25 cents

If you want to know more about beverage container recycling in Calgary, don’t hesitate to call today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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refund rates

Return Rates

Find out how much you can make from your empty containers.

Make Some Bucks

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Large Loads

For large loads over $250, drop off your containers at our depot, we will count them and contact you with a detailed tally sheet and arrange your refund.

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Bottle Drives

Looking to raise some money for your team or charity? Call us to schedule a time to help with your bottle drive.

Schedule a Bottle Drive

Lots of Customer Parking, Fast Service & No Line Ups!

At North Hill Bottle Depot, we are open 7 days a week, have tons of customer parking space, and our Auto-Counting machine ensures accuracy while drastically reduces counting times!


Keep Calgary Clean

North Hill Bottle Depot in Calgary offers fair prices for bottle return and recycling with drop-off or pick up options.