The program has been introduced to ensure that deposits are applied at the point of sale, all beverage containers being sold and/or distributed are registered with the BCMB, and to ensure compliance with the Advertising of Deposit Policy.
Compliance by retailers is crucial to the integrity of the beverage container recycling system in Alberta and is a regulatory obligation under the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation and the BCMB’s Manufacturer and Retailer By-law.
A retailer is defined in the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation as a person who sells beverage containers to consumers. Retailers can also be deemed a manufacturer if they:
Retailers who import or fill containers (thus deemed a manufacturer), must register their company and containers with the Beverage Container Management Board. They must also report their sales and remit corresponding deposit refunds and Container Recycling Fees to the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (Collection System Agent).
Registration Responsibilities for Retailers
Non-system containers must be removed from store shelves to ensure compliance.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can be penalized for selling and/or distributing non-system beverage containers. Failure to register beverage containers can result in fines up to $500,000 for a corporation or up to $50,000 for an individual.
Retail Advertising Policy
All retail locations where beverage containers are sold and/or distributed in Alberta must clearly identify the deposit amount for containers, separate from the price of the product. Specifically, the Advertising of Deposit Policy requires:
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