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ABCRC helped Albertans recycle
non-refillable beverage containers in 2021.

ABCRC recycles more than
different types of non-refillable beverage containers sold in Alberta.

In 2021, Alberta achieved an
province-wide return rate for non-refillable beverage containers.

Beverage container recycling helps the environment by keeping useful materials out of landfills and by eliminating the energy demand and emissions associated with manufacturing new products from raw materials. In 2021, the recycling of Alberta’s non-refillable beverage containers diverted
90,502,320 kg
of material away from landfills and into a useful future.

In 2021, ABCRC’s cost to recycle one beverage container was only
province-wide return rate for non-refillable beverage containers.

The container recycling fee (CRF) is the amount beverage manufacturers are required to pay to cover the net cost of recovering and processing a used, non-refillable beverage container. CRFs are administered by ABCRC, and are used in their entirety to operate an effective and sustainable collection and recycling system
for the benefit of all Albertans.
The CRF amount applied to each beverage purchased in Alberta depends on the material the container is made from and the size of the container. Decisions by manufacturers to pass on the container recycling fee to retailers and by retailers to pass it to consumers are made independently. Some retailers choose to pass the fee on and show it on the receipt, while other retailers include it in the price of the product.

For more information, visit the About CRFs page or download the CRF Brochure.

The beverage container recycling system in Alberta is self-funded, and ABCRC is a private company that is operated under not-for-profit provisions. No funding is received from any level of government.

More than
150 Albertans
are employed by ABCRC. Additionally, there are dozens of other companies in Alberta, employing hundreds of people, that are directly involved in the collection, transport and processing of used beverage containers.

Each year, ABCRC reaches out to communities through event attendance, education programs, recycling promotions, and advertisements. As well, ABCRC provides many Alberta schools and community groups with free recycling bins, teaching resources, and funding. In 2021,
84 community groups and 56 schools
participated in our programs, resulting in a total of
1,224 recycling infrastructure items (bins)
being introduced into communities across Alberta for recycling promotion and collection.