Applying for a Depot

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Do your homework! A depot owner can not sell you a permit. 
 

Please be advised that following the submission of an application there will be a minimum 30-day period during which the application will be reviewed by the BCMB. You will be contacted by the BCMB when the review is complete. We thank you for your patience.

Only the BCMB can provide you with a permit to operate a depot. Depot permits are non-transferable. This means that even if you purchase or lease land, a building and/or equipment in a location that is currently operated as a depot, you are NOT guaranteed to receive a permit to operate a depot from the BCMB.   
 
The BCMB considers many criteria when issuing permits.  To learn about purchasing and operating a depot, review the New Operating Permit Application, Business Plan template and BCMB governing documents (links provided below). 
 
Most importantly, contact the BCMB Operations Team to discuss your application before committing to any purchase or agreements.    
 

 All info provided to the BCMB for RFA purposes is considered confidential and will not be shared. 

 

Depots are categorized into three area types:  Metro, Urban and Rural

             
    Metro   Urban   Rural
Description    Depots located in the Cities of Edmonton and Calgary   Depots located in municipalities with a population of more than 10,000   Depots located in municipalities with a population of less than 10,000
             
Proximity Requirement   No new depot can be located within a 3 km radius of an existing depot   No new depot can be located within a 3 km radius of an existing depot   No new depot can be located within a 24 km driving distance (by public road) of an existing depot or within 10 km of an existing urban or metro depot
             
Number of Depots per area     Calculated by dividing the population of the metro area by 40,000    Calculated by adding 10,000 to the population of the urban area, then dividing the population of the urban area by 30,000    n/a
             
When can I submit an application?    Only in accordance with an RFA issued by the BCMB    Only in accordance with an RFA issued by the BCMB    At any time
             
             

The decision whether or not to issue an RFA in a metro or urban area is in the sole discretion of BCMB management. In determining the number and location of depots to be permitted in Alberta, BCMB management consider the following criteria: 

  • patterns of population growth;
  • closure of existing depots;
  • the number and nature of complaints received from the public regarding the collection of containers generally;
  • proximity requirements (distance from existing depots); and
  • any other criteria the BCMB considers relevant in order to maintain a viable container recovery system.

Applications for rural depots can be submitted to the BCMB at anytime. However, the BCMB may choose to issue a Request for Applications for a rural area.  

All info provided to the BCMB for RFA purposes is considered confidential and will not be shared. 

A Request For Applications (RFA) to apply for a depot operating permit will be released on the BCMB web site following an RFA Information Session. Applicants must attend the RFA Information Session to be considered for the operating permit. For more information, please review the Beverage Container Depot Application, Renewal and Amendment By-law by clicking the Governing Documents link below.

If you would like to be placed on the BCMB’s RFA email list, please scroll down to enter your information.  The BCMB will email you with information regarding the release of new RFAs. 

For further information, please contact the BCMB:

All info provided to the BCMB for RFA purposes is considered confidential and will not be shared. 

Please view the list below for open depot RFAs:

  • There are currently no open depot RFAs to display

If you would like more information on the above RFAs, please contact Brent Campbell at bcampbell@bcmb.ab.ca 

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