Every beverage container you return goes through a recycling process to be used in many other commercially useful products.

1. Manufacturing

Using new or materials reclaimed following a container recycling process, the beverage container manufacturer produces the container, pours the beverages in, adds caps and labels and packs them for shipping. They are now ready for distribution and sale.

2. Sale to distributor or retailer

The distributor or retailer purchases the beverages (usually in bulk) and stocks their store shelves for the consumer to purchase. distribution and sale.

3. Sale to consumer

The container is sold to a consumer along with a beverage container deposit fee, and sometimes the container recycling fee is included as part of the Alberta Recycling Process. 

4. Consumption of beverage by customer

Once the consumer consumes the beverage, they are left to dispose of the empty container.

5. At this point, the consumer has two choices

a. Initiate the Alberta beverage container recycling process for the container by taking it to the Depot 
b. Place the container into the blue bin where it can be returned to a Depot or recycled with other plastics containers

6. Beverage container processing

An Alberta Depot accepts the container for recycling and repays the consumer their deposit in the form of a refund. The container is shipped to an ABCRC facility to be prepared for sale to recycling and commodity markets.

7. Recycled into useful materials

The beverage container is then recycled into raw materials to be recycled into new useful products.