New COVID-19 Restrictions

On September 15, 2021, the Province of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency and implemented new temporary measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The BCMB wants to assure industry stakeholders and the public that the safety of customers and staff at depots is of utmost importance to the beverage container recycling industry.

Like all businesses, depots have two choices:

  • implement a program that requires them to ask customers for government-issued proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to then be exempt from restrictions,


  • follow capacity and operating restrictions if you they choose not to require proof of vaccination. This allows depots to remain open and operating as usual provided they meet the following requirements:
    • social distancing of 2 metres
    • mask wearing (employees and customers)
    • only one third of fire code capacity allowed in the depot
    • customers must be from one household or two close contacts for those living alone

Questions on the new measures can be directed to the Government of Alberta at 310-0000.

Health and safety standards have always existed in the beverage container recycling industry and compliance with those standards is a requirement of a depot’s permit to operate and the BCMB’s by-laws and policies.

The BCMB is proud of the work Alberta depots have done during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep staff and customers safe and to keep the beverage container recycling industry operating so Albertans can return their beverage containers for a refund. Our entire industry also appreciates the understanding and patience depot customers have shown since the start of the pandemic.     

Please contact the BCMB if you have any questions or concerns about depot health and safety standards.

September 16, 2021

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