ALBERTA BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING CORPORATION (ABCRC) is a provincially incorporated not-for-profit product stewardship corporation. Our mandate is to be the agent for the beverage manufacturers to operate a common collection system for registered containers; be responsible for recycling beverage containers; comply with regulation and Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) bylaws; and promote the economic and efficient collection of beverage containers. Our Board of Directors consists of representatives of beverage manufacturers.

The single-serve containers of the time had led to a litter problem. As a result, the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation was created in 1972, and incorporated a series of regulations requiring manufacturers to be responsible for their empty containers.

In 1993, the government consolidated a number of pieces of legislation into the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. This consolidation also led to the creation of a number of Regulations, including the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation. This regulation required manufacturers using regulated non-refillable beverage containers to appoint a common collection system agent to operate the common collection system. This led to the creation of ABCRC. ABCRC was founded to provide a system needed to support the new regulations.

In partnership with the BCMB, ABCRC and the Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA) are responsible for collection and processing of used beverage containers. In 1995, ABCRC processed 66 million containers. Current figures show a growth of more than ten times that amount!

There are over 200 independently owned Bottle Depots throughout the province, which refund deposits to consumers. Containers are sorted by size, material and colour, and prepared for shipment. ABCRC arranges the collection, transportation, processing and recycling of used beverage containers in Alberta.

ABCRC operates on the basis of several guiding principles:

  • Ensure high standards of transparency and accountability;
  • Promote and encourage beverage container recovery;
  • Ensure each container type (material/size) is self-funding;
  • Minimize the cost of beverage container recycling;
  • Strive for continuous improvement in operations;
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for employees; and
  • Provide a culture of honesty and integrity