Alberta is proud to support one of the most innovative and effective beverage container recycling programs in North America. The operational costs of the system are covered through the sale of the recycled scrap material, unredeemed deposits, refund or deposits that have not been paid out to the customer, and a container recycling fee.
The combination of the beverage container recycling fee and the other revenue collected, support the costs associated with the collection, handling, transportation, and processing of the empty beverage containers. There are numerous companies and thousands of people employed in Alberta to help the system run smoothly from start to finish. Beverage container recycling fees differ because the different beverage containers are made from different materials and each have different costs to process and recycle them.