How Does The Money Flow?


Alberta is home to one of the most innovative and effective Beverage Container recycling programs in North America. The operating costs of which are covered through three main revenue streams: unredeemed deposits, the sale of recycled scrap material, and the Container Recycling Fee (CRF). The combination of the CRF and other collected revenue supports the costs associated with collecting, handling, transporting and processing empty Beverage Containers once they have been returned to a Depot. It ensures that Alberta maintains an effective and sustainable recycling system.

From a consumer perspective, the Beverage Container recycling system can be a difficult and confusing process to follow. Between the deposit, CRF, and the price of the Beverage Container itself, you might be wondering how this system impacts you as a consumer. Below is a detailed infographic highlighting the life cycle of a beverage container and the costs associated with each stage of the process. 

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ABCRC takes cost management seriously. ABCRC is continuously focusing its efforts to better mitigate risk, improve the quality and accuracy of manufacturer sales reporting, and review the necessary targets for net assets and reserves to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of the Common Collection System.

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