ABCRC FAQs

  • How many containers did ABCRC recycle in 2019?

    ABCRC helped Albertans recycle 

    1,934,928,668


    non-refillable beverage containers in 2019.

  • How many different types of beverage containers does ABCRC recycle?

    ABCRC recycles more than  

    150,000


    different types of non-refillable beverage containers sold in Alberta.

  • What is Alberta's return rate for non-refillable beverage containers?

    In 2019, Alberta achieved an

    85%

    province-wide return rate for non-refillable beverage containers.

  • What is the environmental impact of beverage container recycling?

    Beverage container recycling helps the environment by keeping useful materials out of landfills and by eliminating the energy demand and emissions associated with manufacturing new products from raw materials.

    In 2019, the recycling of Alberta's non-refillable beverage containers diverted 

    98,958,250 kg


    of material away from landfills and into a useful future.

  • How much does ABCRC spend on recycling beverage containers?

    In 2019, ABCRC's cost to recycle one beverage container was only

    $0.06.

  • What is a Container Recycling Fee?

    The container recycling fee (CRF) is the amount beverage manufacturers are required to pay to cover the net cost of recovering and processing a used, non-refillable beverage container. CRFs are administered by ABCRC, and are used in their entirety to operate an effective and sustainable collection and recycling system

    for the benefit of all Albertans.

    Decisions by manufacturers to pass on the container recycling fee to retailers and by retailers to pass it to consumers are made independently. Some retailers choose to pass the fee on and show it on the receipt, while other retailers include it in the price of the product.

    The CRF amount applied to each beverage purchased in Alberta depends on the material the container is made from and the size of the container. CRFs are monitored on a regular basis and updated annually (usually coming into effect on February 1st each year). See the CRF Brochure or go to albertadepot.ca for more information.

  • How much money does ABCRC get from government taxes?


    $0.00

    The beverage container recycling system in Alberta is self-funded, and ABCRC is a private company that is operated under not-for-profit provisions. No funding is received from any level of government.

  • How many people are employed by ABCRC?

     

    172 Albertans

     

    are employed by ABCRC.

    Additionally, there are dozens of other companies in Alberta, employing hundreds of people, that are directly involved in the collection, transport and processing of used beverage containers.

  • How does ABCRC help communities recycle?

    Each year, ABCRC reaches out to communities through event attendance, education programs, recycling promotions, and advertisements. As well, ABCRC provides many Alberta schools and community groups with free recycling bins, teaching resources, and funding. In 2019,

    124 community groups and 107 schools

     

    participated in our programs, resulting in a total of

    4,739 recycling infrastructure items (bins)

     

    being introduced into communities across Alberta for recycling promotion and collection.