Why do I have to register my beverage container with the BCMB?

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 (BCRR).  Under Regulation, a beverage means any liquid that is a ready-to-serve drink and is not exempt from the Regulation and a container means 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 Document 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:

  • The proposed method of recycling, including whether the beverage container can be recycled by a method not previously found to be satisfactory by the BCMB
  • Whether the beverage container can be recycled without contamination to the beverage container recycling system
  • Whether the beverage container can be disassembled in order to avoid contamination to the beverage container recycling system
  • The percentage by weight of materials recoverable
  • The cost of recycling, including any costs of disassembly
  • The marketability of the beverage container materials
  • Whether the beverage container can be visually identified as being distinct from other Approved Containers
  • Any other criteria relevant to recyclability that the BCMB may consider appropriate.

Registering your beverage container is the law

Failure to register containers 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.

 

Manufacturers, Distributors & Retailers

Follow the processes for beverage container registration and deposit advertising as identified under the Manufacturer & Distributors  Processes or Retailer Deposit Advertising Tabs above or click below to be redirected to those pages:

BCMB Mandate - to regulate and enhance a leading beverage container system that protects Alberta’s environment.