Return-It BC brought back collectible recycling mascots


The puppets from commercials can be collected in real life.

Return-It BC recycling MIPs saw beverage containers with bushy eyebrows and condemning frowns under trash can lids like Oscar the Grouch. The deliciously anthropomorphized bottles, juice boxes and sachets would make their “owners” feel guilty for throwing them away instead of recycling them or returning them to a depot.

And due to popular demand, Return-It has brought the off-screen characters to life as part of a limited-edition collectible program that inspires people to recycle.

The program first launched in 2019 with people really getting into collecting all five pets and now Return-It is bringing it back with new redemption rules and seven pets to collect.

The redemption rules are intended to inform about each type of container and to ensure that every beverage container is returned. Each acceptable drink container is worth a different number of credits and Return-It Gang characters require 2000 credits and a minimum of certain types of containers to earn them, plus three separate visits to the Return-It depot (so you can’t just present on a day with all recycling).

Glass and aluminum cans are worth one credit, beverage cans, plastic, bimetallic, and gable tops are worth three credits, and pouches and bag-in-a-box containers are worth five credits.

The promotion is only available to people with a Return-It express account but participation is free. Credits are added to your account after each visit and when you have accumulated enough for a plush, you click on “Redeem Puppets” and select your favorite character to be delivered to your doorstep.

The mascots have distinct looks and fun names such as Walter Bottel, Al Capican, Juicenda Pouch and Joyce Box and specific information on how to win each is listed on the Return-It site.

The mascots are also recyclable.

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