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: 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.

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Celebrate Our Community Champions!

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Since 1963, through the power of work and the dignity of a job, Goodwill Industries of Alberta has been making a difference in the lives of Albertans with disabilities. Along with this mission, Goodwill has also created sustainability initiatives to create a positive impact in our community and within our environment.

Each year, Goodwill diverts over 16 million kilograms of waste from local landfills thanks to innovative recycling, re-purposing and reuse programs. These include re-purposing furniture in the Repair For Good program, reusing textiles by upcycling them into cleaning cloths and creating plastic benches from plastic items donated to Goodwill by partnering with Albertan companies like Full Circle Plastics. In 2020, with help from the Community Champions Program grant from Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation, Goodwill was able to recycle more bottles, which led to a very innovative project entirely made of donated plastic, the Bee Hotel, helping solitary pollinators thrive in Edmonton.

Efforts like these at Goodwill help create a lasting impact in our province and will provide meaningful employment opportunities for Albertans for years to come.

Photo caption: The Bee Hotel, made entirely of donated plastic. 

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