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South Hill Bottle Depot and Hunting Hills High School benefit from beverage container recycling industry grant
Posted: June 17, 2014

Red Deer, Alberta...New beverage container recycling bins are now in place at Hunting Hills High School in Red Deer, thanks to a Recycling Infrastructure Partnership (RIP) grant provided to South Hill Bottle Depot. The $15,000 grant was awarded to South Hill to purchase the recycling containers and place them in the school of over 1,400 students. The school will retain the proceeds from the beverage containers collected. South Hill Bottle Depot owner Greg Schultz initiated the application for th...

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Is the BCMB funded by government?

No. The Government of Alberta does not supply or receive any funding for or from 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 beverage container returns. Manufacturers pay a handling commission to the depots for each of their containers received. In return, the depot operators sort the containers into different groups. The process of setting the handling commission rate is led by the BCMB. It is the only source of income for bottle depots.

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