Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name  Alberta Regulation 101/1997 Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act: BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING REGULATION [1]
Date Implemented Created in 1972, updated to create the Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) on December 1, 1997
Beverages Covered All ready-to-serve beverages; beer exemption repealed in 2001 and dairy exemption repealed in 2009. [2]
Containers Covered All sealed containers purchased in Alberta
Amount of Deposit

≤1 litre: 10¢ CAD [3]

>1L: 25¢ CAD

Reclamation System 221 operated registered depots [4] 
Handling Fee Handling commissions range by material type from $3.149 CAD to $0.3572 CAD. [5] $0.0008 container fee for each container collected [5]
Other Fees $0.0008 container fee for each container collected.
Unredeemed Deposits Retained by Manufacturers' Agent (ABCRC).
Program Success

2019 Return Rate (2019) [4]:
Overall: 84.9%
Aluminum: 89.1%
Bi-Metal: 84.1%
Glass: 92.6%
Plastics: 81.6%
Polycoat: 71.1%

2017 Return Rates:
Overall: 85.1%
Aluminum: 89.0%
Bi-Metal: 89.4%
Glass: 94.5%
Plastics (≥ 1litre): 90.6%
Plastics (≤ 1litre): 80.3%
Polycoat: 71.3%



Alberta’s deposit-return system is operated by a netwrork over 220 privately owned & operated registered bottle depots part of the Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA), and overseen by the Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB). The BCMB oversees the activities of depots, collection service providers for beverage manufacturers,  and the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC), which is the acting non-profit agent for beverage manufacturers operating in Alberta. The BCMC also oversees registration of beverage containers prior to their sale within Alberta .

The Alberta Government does not supply any funding for the operation of the beverage container recycling system. Depot operators and beverage manufacturers fund the administrative costs of the BCMB through a levy based on the returns of beverage containers. 


In this system, a consumer is entitled to a cash refund of the full deposit paid on each container, as prescribed in the regulations. The manufacturer is required to pick up the containers from the Depots and to reimburse the amount of the deposit paid to the consumer. The manufacturer also pays a handling charge for each container received by the depot operator.

The Depots receive and sort containers at their premises. Refillables are sorted by type and manufacturer. Non-refillable beverage containers are sorted by material type (aluminum, glass, plastic, composite, etc.) and color where applicable. The manufacturers are required to pick up their containers from every depot in the province and do so through a company they have created - the Alberta Beverage Container Recovery Corporation (ABCRC).

Depots collect all beverage containers including all ready-to-serve beverages sold in the province. Supporting the Depots, the system is operated on a daily basis by the ABCRC, a common collection, and processing agent formed by a consortium of beverage manufacturers. ABCRC is responsible for collecting deposits from producers, paying deposit refunds and handling fees to Depots, and collecting, processing and marketing scrap materials. Unredeemed deposits and scrap revenues are retained by ABCRC for the management of the system.


[1] "Governing Documents." BCMB, last updated February 2019.

[2] "Interpretation of Beverage Regulation Policy." BCMB, updated 10 June 2015.

[3] "Container Types and Refunds." Alberta Bottle Depot Association. 2020.

[4] "Global Deposit Book 2020: An Overview of Deposit Systems for One-Way Beverage Containers." Reloop Inc. 15 December 2020.

[5] "HANDLING COMMISSION BY-LAW." BCMB, last updated 25 November 2020.


Last Updated on 22 December 2020.

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Alberta Environment and Parks
Outside Alberta: 780-944-0313
Toll free: 1 877 944-0313
Email: [email protected]

Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA)
#202, 17850-105 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 2H5
Toll free: 1-877-787-2232
Email: [email protected]

Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) 
901 57 Ave NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 8X9
Toll free: 1-800-267-4130
Email: [email protected]

Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB)  
#100, 8616 – 51 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6E6
Toll free: 1-888-424-7671
Email: [email protected]