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Celebrating an 86.2% Return Rate
Posted: June 21, 2017

The beverage container return rate reached 86.2% in 2016, one of the highest return rates in North America and up from 85% in 2015. That significant accomplishment helps solidify Alberta’s reputation as a leader in beverage container recycling world-wide. Other highlights contained in the 2016 Annual Report, released at the BCMB’s Annual General Meeting on June 21, include:• The opening of two new depots - the Winterburn Bottle Depot in west Edmonton and the Walden Bottle Depot ...

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How do bottle depots get paid?

Bottle depots are paid by the manufacturer or the collection system agent. Depots are reimbursed for each container they have collected at a rate of:

  • 10 cents per container one litre or less
  • 25 cents per container over one litre
Depots are also paid a handling commission (see BCMB Administrative Bylaw for current handling commission rates).

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