About BCMB

The Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) is responsible for the collection and recycling of beverage containers throughout Alberta. Click here to watch a video on our role in the beverage container recycling system.

As the system regulator, the BCMB works to ensure the collection and processing of used beverage containers with stakeholders such as:
• Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA) – represents Alberta bottle depots 
• Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC) – collection system agent for non-refillable containers
• Brewers Distributors Ltd. – collection service provider for refillable beer containers

The BCMB is a not-for-profit association consisting of representatives of Alberta beverage manufacturers, container depots and the public (environmental organizations, municipalities and interested citizens). The BCMB was established through the Beverage Container Recycling Regulation, which was enacted under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the organization’s bylaws. Since its inception on December 1, 1997, the BCMB has worked to ensure that Albertans have access to a convenient, innovative and cost-effective system for recycling and reusing used beverage containers.

The BCMB is a Delegated Administrative Organization (DAO), an arm’s length organization that has delegated government authority under the Ministry of Environment and Parks to impose requirements on recycling program stakeholders. DAOs are unique – a range of stakeholders are encouraged to participate, including industry, government and the public. These parties are primarily involved in program stewardship through appointments to the Board of Directors.

For more information about the BCMB, please click here to see our most recent Business Plan.