Newfoundland and Labrador reached a significant recycling milestone this week — the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board says more than two billion used beverage containers have been prevented from entering the province's landfills.

Tom Hedderson, minister of environment and conservation, said it's an important achievement for the people of the province.

"We not only celebrate the significant milestone of recycling two-billion beverage containers, but we also mark another step forward in our journey towards guiding our province to a greener future," Hedderson said.

"I congratulate all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on your collective efforts and achievement."

According to Hedderson, the number of containers recycled has prevented large amounts of emissions from entering the atmosphere.

"If you want to put it in perspective, we're looking at 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions," he said.

"And if you wanted to try to offset that, you would have to go out and plant 100-million trees."

The MMSB said the province has recycled more than 167-million drink containers this year alone, which is a record high since the program started in 1997.