The recycling industry in Alberta is unlike any other in the country. It is sophisticated and regulated which is why we see such high return rates (over 85%) for recyclable beverage containers. The overall system is overseen by the Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) which is mandated by the Ministry of Environment and Parks of Alberta.
The Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) is the agent for the non refillable collection system and the Alberta Beer Container Corporation (ABCC) is the collection system provider for refillable beer containers. The Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA) represents all Bottle Depot Owners in Alberta. All of these organizations work together to ensure the collection and processing of all containers in recycling system is efficient.
The system we have in Alberta would not be able to achieve such high return rates without the deposit refund system. The system provides a high incentive for customers to have their containers returned to the Bottle Depot. Depot Express makes this process that much more convenient for customers through the use of our app and pickup service.
We should all be proud of what we have been able to accomplish thus far. Let’s keep it up and strive for a return rate of over 90%!
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