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.
As a retailer it can be stressful having a retail inspection completed. The BCMB has put together an information package , The One Stop Retail Inspection Letter, that provides information such as what to expect when an inspector visits your location, steps taken during the inspection and what a retailer can do to become compliant. An FAQ section is also included to address common questions or concerns.
Audit Resulting in Non-Compliance
An audit is considered non-compliant if unregistered beverage containers are found in the retail location and/or the retail location is found not clearly identifying the deposit amount for containers, separate from the price of the product, where beverage containers are being sold.
In the case of Container Registration non-compliance, the manufacturer enters Level 1 of the Container Registration Compliance Framework and would exit the Framework once compliant or move to Level 2 after 30 days.
If non-compliant after 30 days at Level 1, the manufacturer enters Level 2 of the Container Registration Compliance Framework and is issued a $400 non-compliance fee. The manufacturer would exit the Framework once compliant or move to Level 3 after 30 days.
If non-compliant after 30 days at Level 2, the manufacturer enters Level 3 of the Container Registration Compliance Framework and is issued a $400 non-compliance fee. The manufacturer would exit the Framework once compliant or may be referred to the Complaints Director for further action after 15 days.
In the case of Deposit Advertising non-compliance, the retailer will receive communications from the BCMB advising of non-compliance, educating on the requirement to advertise the deposit to public and outlining how to become compliant. A non-compliant retailer can submit images to the BCMB to verify that they are clearly identifying the deposit amount for containers, separate from the price of the product within their retail location.
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For more information, please click on the link below to contact a BCMB Registrations Compliance Officer:
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:
Registration Responsibilities for Retailers
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).
A Notice of Appeal is to be completed and submitted to the BCMB when a Retailer wishes to appeal a compliance fee for one or more of the following reasons:
Compliance fees must be appealed within 30 days of the date the notice of compliance fee is deemed to have been received by the person who is appealing.
If you have received a compliance fee and wish to appeal it for one or more of the above reasons, you must submit the Notice of Appeal Form below to the BCMB: