Recycling beverage containers helps us preserve and maintain a clean and sustainable environment for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. By returning recycled beverage container material to markets, Albertans reduce demand for raw materials and can save as much as 715,478,982 KW of energy annually – the annual equivalent energy consumption of over 96,000 households.
In Alberta, beverage containers carry a refundable deposit. You can collect your deposit money, or do what many Albertans do each year – donate your beverage containers to organizations in need. You can help support community clubs and organizations by raising funds through a local bottle drive, too. It is a great fundraising tool for non-profit organizations to generate millions of dollars for worthy causes.
We couldn’t be more proud
We’re proud to say that in 2016, Albertans diverted over 2 billion empty beverage containers away from landfills. That means that 86.2% of used beverage containers sold in Alberta were returned to a Depot.
If we all do a little, we gain a lot
There are many benefits of beverage container recycling – it not only keeps useful materials out of landfills, it also reduces both greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the energy demand associated with producing new containers from raw materials. It also gives future generations a cleaner, safer environment to live in.
When a beverage container doesn't go into the landfill or get tossed onto the sidewalk, it makes our communities a better place to live. Recycling helps people take responsibility for their actions and help protect this generation and the ones that follow.
If you need more inspiration to recycle, it might help to know there is great concern that Canada’s landfills are reaching capacity. Also, another study by Environment Canada says landfills produce 25% of Canada’s methane emissions.
If the environmental and financial benefits of recycling aren’t enough, consider what recycling can do for your community. Recycling creates jobs that employ thousands of Albertan's contributing to the province's economy.