The BCMB’s Beverage Container Registration By-law sets out the requirement for manufacturers to register all beverage containers sold in Alberta. This requirement is also provincially legislated in the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation. The regulation defines a beverage as any liquid that is a ready-to-serve drink and is not exempt from the regulation. It defines a container as a bottle, can, plastic cup or paperboard carton or a package made of metal, plastic, paper, glass or other material, or a combination of them, that contains or has contained a beverage.
To review BCMB By-laws click the link below to be redirected to the BCMB Governing Documents page:
Only beverage containers that have been approved by the BCMB can be sold in Alberta. The BCMB must determine whether a beverage container can be recycled in a manner satisfactory to the Board. In determining this, the BCMB may consider the following:
Failure to register a beverage container can result in fines of up to $500,000 for a corporation or up to $50,000 for an individual. Unregistered products can also be removed from store shelves.
The processes for beverage container registration and deposit advertising can be found by clicking on the Registering a Beverage Container and Retailer Deposit Advertising links under Selling a Beverage in Alberta (main navigation bar at the top of the page), or by clicking on the tabs below to be redirected to the appropriate page: