A Request For Application (RFA) to apply for a depot operating permit in the Hamlet of Grande Cache has been made public. Applicants must submit a Receipt Confirmation Form (page 17 of the below RFA package) to be considered for the operating permit.
This document will assist any potential applicant in ensuring their Application contains all required information prior to submitting to the BCMB.
This form will capture the applicants contact information as well as fulfill several items listed on the Application Criteria Checklist.
This document outlines the minimum functionality for a POR system to qualify as meeting industry standard.
Preferred Applicant is defined within the definitions section of the RFA document.
There is no minimum requirement for land size. The minimum building size requirement in Rural (Population less than 10,000) is 1500 sqft. This is outlined in Section 3 of the RFA document.
No, there is no minimum here.
Yes, the scoring matrix is included in the RFA document.
As part of the business plan the Applicant will supply 1 and 3 year forecasts. Each Applicant is responsible for developing their own budgets based on the costs that they expect to incur.
One (1) permit will be issued per RFA Area.
No, this is a non-refundable fee.
As set out in Section (3.4) of the RFA document, by submission of a clear and detailed written notice, the Applicant may amend its Application prior to the RFA Closing. Please refer to this section of the RFA document for more specific detail.
Not necessarily. The strongest application will show a relevant and well-prepared business plan, building plan and customer service skills to present to the public. The application proposing to open the soonest may not always be the strongest application.
The standard Criminal Record Check that is issued from any Police Agency will be sufficient, typically you complete an application form at the police station and no finger printing is required. Please note that submitting an online record check from any source will not be accepted in the Application, it needs to be from any Police agency (City Police or RCMP).
The standard timeline for Criminal Record Checks in six (6) months. Please do not include a Criminal Record Check that is past the six month threshold.
The BCMB does not have templates for the 1 and 3 year forecasts. That said, there are many helpful resources you can find by searching online and you could also source a consultant that specializes in this area of business planning.
As set out in section (3.9.1) of the RFA document, the RFA requires the applicant, at minimum to provide written acceptance of an offer to purchase or offer to lease. The written acceptance can only be conditional upon the awarding of a permit by the BCMB. Accordingly, any other conditions must be removed prior to the RFA deadline. Please note that a letter of intent is not a written acceptance and would not meet the minimum application requirements.
All timelines for the opening of your proposed Depot have to be methodically and carefully laid out within your Business Plan. Extensions may be given under extenuating circumstances, but must be submitted in written notice with new timelines proposed that we would strongly adhere too. The POR system would not have to be purchased at the time of application, however it will be required to be in place before final permit is issued and opening to the public.
All minimum criteria can be found in the RFA document and BCMB Bylaws. For example, buildings in Rural areas (population less than 10,000) are required to be a minimum of 1500 sqft. The successful candidate will also demonstrate that the accessibility and comfort of the public will be met in the building design.
There are different POR systems in use in the industry, preference is not given to any. All POR systems would need to meet the minimum functionality requirements described in the POR Requirements document that can be found on the RFA downloads link. Some POR vendors include the Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA) software (RePOR), SCS, IPOR, etc.
There are 216 templates located all over Alberta within our existing Depot network! When thinking about your building interior’s design, keep in mind how the customer service area is set up and if it is functional for the customers. Refer to the RFA document and BCMB Bylaws on exact minimum requirements that would be expected in every application.
No, you cannot relocate during the RFA process. However, after the Depot is approved and opened, you can apply for a Relocation Permit through the BCMB. Always keep in mind the proximity requirements to existing depots prescribed in BCMB By-law.
Yes. Each application would have to be accompanied by the New Depot Permit application fee of $600, and you would also become your own competition (if in the same Eligible Area), but it is allowed. Only one (1) permit will be issued in each Eligible Area during these current RFAs.
No preference is given to existing Depot operators. All new operators are provided industry training through the Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA) prior to being permitted to open to the public. The applications are first narrowed down based on the completeness, applications not meeting minimum requirements would not be eligible for selection. Complete applications are then scored using the scoring template (matrix) provided in the RFA document. On this scoring template (matrix), 5 marks are provided to anyone who can provide proof of prior experience operating or working in a bottle depot or a related workplace.
As outlined in the RFA document, future inquiries are to be sent in via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to the BCMB office.
No, at this time BCMB is only accepting applications within the Eligible Area. Applications received outside these Areas will not be considered.
The individual depot volumes and financials are confidential and are handled by a third party Data Collection Agent on behalf of the BCMB. To calculate a rough estimate of volumes you would multiply your expected trading area by the average number of containers returned per Albertan (~470 containers per Albertan in 2018). You can then calculate a rough estimate of handling commissions based on an average of the commissions found in the BCMB Handling Commission By-law (https://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about/governing-documents/#current-laws-167). You may also refer to the 2018 BCMB Annual Report (https://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about/publications/) for Industry volume numbers.
As set out in section (3.9.1), the RFA requires the applicant to provide written acceptance of an offer to purchase or offer to lease. A letter of intent is not such a written acceptance.
As set out in section (3.9.1), the RFA requires that the written acceptance can only be conditional upon the awarding of a permit by the BCMB. Accordingly, any other conditions must be removed prior to the RFA deadline.
The provision of security would be provided by the Preferred Applicant once the Conditional Permit Approval has been issued by the BCMB.
The Hamlet of Grande Cache is considered Rural as the municipal population is less than 10,000.
There are several active Depots in surrounding communities. You can use the find a list of surrounding Depots using the Find A Depot website - www.findadepot.ca