Beverage Container Management Board

The Beverage Container Management Board was established as a management board under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.  It is also a non-for-profit organization incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta.

The BCMB is responsible for regulating Alberta’s beverage container recycling system, and leads the development of policy and programs that enable the recycling of beverage containers in Alberta. 

To regulate and enhance a leading beverage container system that protects Alberta’s environment.

To be the leader in stewarding beverage containers to minimize their impact on the environment.

  • Higher beverage container return rates 
  • Accessible, quality, convenient and safe services from Depots 
  • Secure, cost effective container collection, processing and recycling 
  • Greater awareness and public participation
  • Strong alignment among stakeholders 
  • Innovation and technology driven efficiency
  • Consistent, fair and firm enforcement of meaningful standards for manufacturers, retailers, Depots, Collection Service Providers and the Collection System Agent 
  • Financial transparency 

Delegated Administrative Organizations

The BCMB is a Delegated Administrative Organization (DAO) - an arm’s length organization that has delegated government authority under the Ministry of Environment and Parks to impose requirements on recycling program stakeholders. DAOs are unique - a range of stakeholders are encouraged to participate, including industry, government and the public. These parties are primarily involved in program stewardship through appointments to the Board of Directors.

Industry Collaboration

Collaboration has long been the cornerstone of the beverage container recycling industry in Alberta and has helped make it one of the most successful systems of its kind in North America. Through cooperation with our industry stakeholders, the BCMB oversees a system that is efficient and innovative in its sustainability efforts. 


Click the links below to learn more about our industry stakeholders.

Industry Collaboration
ABCRC Learn More


Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation - Collection System Agent

ABDA Learn More


Alberta Bottle Depot Association - represents depots

BDL Learn More


Brewers Distributor LTD. - Collection Service Provider

AGLC Learn More


Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis - oversees Alberta’s liquor, gaming and cannabis industries

AUMA Learn More


Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

ALSA Learn More


Alberta Liquor Store Association

ADC Learn More


Alberta Dairy Council

How the system works

Interested in learning how Alberta’s beverage container recycling system works?