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As of December 6, 2019 the BCMB accepts beverage container registrations from Non-Alcoholic Non-Cannabis and Cannabis manufacturers.

If you are an Alcohol manufacturer, please continue to register your containers with AGLC until further notice.

Beverage Container Review

If you are unsure whether the container you wish to register is considered a ready-to-serve beverage container and is required to be registered, please contact registrations@bcmb.ab.ca. Products such as soup broth, jelly shots, frozen containers, etc. are not part of the Alberta Deposit System at this time.

If you are unsure of whether your beverage container is recyclable and would like confirmation, please view the BCMB Approved Materials List   . If you find you are required to submit an application please fill out the appropriate Beverage Container Review form:

 Send your completed Beverage Container Review form with images of the container to registrations@bcmb.ab.ca.

Once the BCMB receives the required documentation, your container will be reviewed for recyclability. Once the review is completed, you will  be sent a letter advising how to proceed. The review process can take time as the Collection System Agent (CSA) may need to confirm recyclability.

Labeling Requirements

In order to be registered, beverage containers are required to note the brand, flavour, size and material. UPC’s (barcodes) are not required at this time. However, if you are registering a beverage container and the container itself (not any external packaging) has a UPC it is required to be noted during registration.

Beverage containers with these requirements (brand, flavour, size, material, and UPC (if applicable)) only on a removable lid (cap) will be denied. Without the lid, all information including confirmation that the container held a beverage is removed. In order to sell and/or distribute these beverage containers in Alberta, additional labeling needs to be added to the container itself to meet the requirements (i.e. etching or printing required information on the side of the container).

"Return for Refund" or "Return for Refund Where Applicable" notes are not required to be on beverage containers. However, negative connotations of recycling are not allowed, and the container would be denied in these cases.

Please ensure your beverage containers are compliant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requirements. The company registering is responsible for ensuring they are compliant. The CFIA offers an interactive tool designed to assist here  .

Submitted beverage container registrations that do not meet the above requirements will be removed from the system, the Registrant will be notified, and the beverage container must be registered again once the deficiency has been corrected.

Registering Your Beverage Containers

Manufacturers decide whether their container will be registered as non-refillable or refillable. If is the beverage container is registered as non-refillable then the Regulation provides that the container is managed by the Collection System Agent (CSA), also known as the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC), using the Common Collection System. If the Manufacturer wants to register their beverage container as a refillable container, they have the option of managing the beverage container on their own by acting as a Collection Service Provider (CSP),or contracting an independent third-party to act on their behalf.

All beverage containers are collected through the province-wide Depot Network. If refillable, the beverage containers are prepared by the Depot to be collected by the CSP.

Only individual beverage containers are required to be registered, not packages or cases. In the case of a variety pack, please ensure the individual beverage containers are registered.

All beverage containers differing in brand, flavour, size, material, and/or UPC are required to be registered separately through the BCMB Registration Portal   . The BCMB has 10 business days from the date submitted to approve the registrations. For all registrants, the first beverage container registration is free, and each additional registration is $10.00.

Submitted beverage container registrations that do not meet the below requirements will be removed from the system, the Registrant will be notified, and the beverage container must be registered again once the deficiency has been corrected.

To register your non-refillable beverage container(s), you will need to complete the following:

  • Prior to registering your beverage containers, you must ensure that your company is registered with the BCMB through the BCMB Registration Portal   
  • Register your container through the  BCMB Registration Portal   ; in order to register, you will need the following information: 
    • Beverage Container Information
      • Brand (in English and French)
      • Flavour (in English and French)
      • Size (Metric)
      • Material
      • UPC (if applicable)
    • Images of the Beverage Container
      • Front and back images of the label, displaying the brand, flavour, size, material, and UPC (as noted above), must be uploaded. If there is no UPC, please continue to send an image of the back of the container. If the beverage container is made of plastic, please upload an image of the container noting the recycling symbol and the resin (material) identifier (this is usually molded into the container on the bottom or side bottom).
      • Image Requirements Guide   
    • Sales Start Date
      • The date you plan to start selling and/or distributing the beverage container in Alberta.
    • BCMB Registration Portal User Guide   
  • Contact the BCMB directly at info@bcmb.ab.ca to submit payment to the BCMB for each beverage container registration you have submitted. Your first registration is free, and each additional registration is $10.00. The BCMB accepts e-transfer, EFT/ACH, cheque and credit card.

Once the beverage container has been approved, the registrant will receive an e-mail advising that the beverage container(s) have been approved. Additionally, the beverage containers will be listed on the public BCMB Registration Portal   which has a searchable database.

Manufacturers who wish to register a refillable container are required to implement one of the following as a method of collection for the refillable container:

  • Manage the container on their own by acting as a Collection Service Provider (CSP); or
  • Contract an independent third-party to act on their behalf.

A CSP is defined as:

  •  a manufacturer of refillable containers that collects empty refillable containers that contained a beverage manufactured by that manufacturer, or empty containers that were refillable, but which are no longer refillable that contained  a  beverage manufactured by that manufacturer; or
  • a person contracted by a manufacturer of refillable containers to collect empty refillable containers that contained a beverage manufactured by that manufacturer or empty containers that were refillable, but which are no longer refillable that contained a beverage manufactured by that manufacturer.

To register your beverage container(s) as refillable, you will need to complete the following:

Discontinuing Beverage Containers

When a Registrant is no longer selling and/or distributing a beverage container (i.e. the product is discontinued), the Registrant is required to enter the stop sales date for that beverage container.

For assistance, please reference the below:

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