Recycling Information

Recycling is a large and diverse topic and as more Albertans are recycling more beverage containers, some common questions arise. People want to know which beverage containers are recyclable and refundable, or what happens to containers after they leave the Depot.

The beverage container industry has created a comprehensive website that can answer all your questions about beverage container recycling in Alberta from where to find your local Depot, to what containers are worth, to community programs to help you set up your own recycling program.

Learn more about the Alberta beverage container recycling system.

Did You Know?

  • Albertans achieved a beverage container return rate of over 85% in 2016
  • Over two billion beverage containers (refillable and non-refillable) are returned in Alberta each year
  • Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run your TV for three hours
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled over and over again with no limit to the amount of times they are recycled
  • It takes 1,000 milk jugs to make a new recycled park bench
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours
  • The same amount of energy is used to produce twenty recycled cans as one new can