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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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:
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:
A CSP is defined as:
To register your beverage container(s) as refillable, you will need to complete the following:
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: