Why am I charged a deposit when I buy bottled drinks?

When purchasing a regulated beverage in Nova Scotia, you pay a deposit. You can return these containers to an Enviro-Depot™ for a refund in the following amounts:

Container Type Deposit Paid Refund
Non-alcohol less than 5L  10¢
Alcohol 500ml or less  10¢
Alcohol greater than 500ml  20¢ 10¢