Keeping Depot Customers & Staff Safe

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 industry by-laws and policies.

 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 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 the Restrictions Exemption Program that requires them to ask customers for government-issued proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test


  • follow capacity and operating restrictions if 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

 Click here for further details on the new measures.

 Alberta Depots have done an excellent job 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 appreciates the understanding and patience depot customers have shown since the start of the pandemic.