Did you know there are grants for recycling infrastructure?

The Community Champions Program (CCP) is an infrastructure grant program that is specially designed for not-for profit organizations and municipalities in Alberta. The program provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) that make out-of-home opportunities for recycling more convenient for and accessible to the public.

Program start-up support is also provided to help to Alberta’s community organizations educate the public about the benefits of recycling. This not only keeps beverage containers out of landfills, but also provides important financial and social benefits to participating communities.

Each year, grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been distributed or until November 30th, whichever occurs first. More than one application can be submitted during the year, but an organization's combined applications cannot exceed a total value of $20,000, excluding GST. 

As CCP funding is limited, grants can only be applied to two-stream collection bins, and one must be for beverage container recycling. If your recycling needs require more than 2 streams, cost sharing can be negotiated.

Photo caption (top of page): Strathcona County used some of their CCP funding to install "Binny", the recycling bottlenose dolphin, at a local playground as a fun way to introduce kids to beverage container recycling.

The Community Champions Program is now closed and no longer accepting applications. Please check back February 2022.


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Check out theSE amazing stats from 2020:


beverage containers collected 


grants approved


bins placed throughout Alberta.

Celebrate Our Community Champions!

AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society)


The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) is a grassroots animal welfare organization with locations in Calgary and Edmonton. They rescue homeless, abandoned and abused animals and provide community support programs for low income and remote First Nation communities. Each year AARCS rescues thousands of animals. In addition the group provides free medical care, spay and neuter services, and assists with animal disaster response. AARCS is supported by over 2,000 volunteers and foster-parents across Alberta and is a place where people can come together to volunteer and give back in an area that is important to them. AARCS and the people who make up this amazing organization are making a difference every day in the lives of animals.


2020 Community Champion Program Partners

  • Bottles for Diabetes
  • Cerebral Palsy Assocation in Alberta
  • Edson Cycling Association
  • Municipality of Jasper
  • Bottles 4 Boulet
  • Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority 
  • Winnifred Stewart
  • Vecova
  • 4H Foundation of Alberta
  • Priddis Panthers
  • Village of Warburg
  • Town of Vermillion
  • Metis Nation of Alberta
  • Chappelle Gardens Residents Association 
  • Bow Valley College 
  • Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary