Owning / Operating A Depot in Alberta

The BCMB is always interested in hearing from individuals interested in owning/operating a bottle depot in Alberta. There are a number of criteria, bylaws, policies and programs it is important that you are aware of if you are interested in opening a depot or already operate one. If you don’t find the information you are looking for on this page, please contact us.

FAQs


  • Where are you interested in opening a Depot?
  • Rural community under 4,000 population
  • Is your proposed location outside of 24km driving distance from existing Rural Depots and 10km driving distance from existing Urban and Metro Depots?
  • Yes

You can apply to open a Depot in rural area at anytime, however your application (business plan) would need to illustrate how your proposed Depot would meet/exceed the minimum By-law requirements as outlined in the BCMB Depot Information Application Package found here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/depot-owners/forms-guidelines-surveys/. Please review the requirements for a Depot located in a Rural – Small (population under 4,000) area.

You will need to provide background as to why you believe your proposed Depot location will be viable. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.

  • No

Your proposed location would not meet the minimum proximity requirements for a Rural Depot as outlined in Section 7 of the Beverage Container Depot Permit Application, Renewal and Amendment By-law.

Please review the requirements for a Depot located in a Rural – Small (population under 4,000) area.

You can also access the individual BCMB By-laws and Policies here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about-bcmb/bylaws-policies/

  • Rural community over 4,000 population
  • Is your proposed location outside of 24km driving distance from existing Rural Depots and 10km driving distance from existing Urban and Metro Depots?
  • Yes

You can apply to open a Depot in rural area at anytime, however your application (business plan) would need to illustrate how your proposed Depot would meet/exceed the minimum By-law requirements as outlined in the BCMB Depot Information Application Package found here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/depot-owners/forms-guidelines-surveys/. Please review the requirements for a Depot located in a Rural – Large (population over 4,000) area.

You will need to provide background as to why you believe your proposed Depot location will be viable. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.

  • No

Your proposed location would not meet the minimum proximity requirements for a Rural Depot as outlined in Section 7 of the Beverage Container Depot Permit Application, Renewal and Amendment By-law.

Please review the requirements for a Depot located in a Rural – Large (population over 4,000) area.

You can also access the individual BCMB By-laws and Policies here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about-bcmb/bylaws-policies/

  • Urban community over 10,000 population

Section 3 of the Beverage Container Depot Permit Application, Renewal and Amendment By-law outlines the process for new Depot applications. Applications for a new Depot in an Urban Area (population over 10,000) or Metro Area (Calgary or Edmonton) would need to be submitted though a Request for Applications (RFA) issued by the BCMB.

You can be added to the Request for Applications (RFA) emailing list in order to be notified, via email, of future RFA opportunities. Click here to enter your contact information to the RFA emailing list.

Please review the BCMB Depot Information Application Package found here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/depot-owners/forms-guidelines-surveys/

You can also access the individual BCMB By-laws and Policies here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about-bcmb/bylaws-policies/

  • Metro population of either Calgary or Edmonton

Section 3 of the Beverage Container Depot Permit Application, Renewal and Amendment By-law outlines the process for new Depot applications. Applications for a new Depot in an Urban Area (population over 10,000) or Metro Area (Calgary or Edmonton) would need to be submitted though a Request for Applications (RFA) issued by the BCMB.

You can be added to the Request for Applications (RFA) emailing list in order to be notified, via email, of future RFA opportunities. Click here to enter your contact information to the RFA emailing list.

Please review the BCMB Depot Information Application Package found here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/depot-owners/forms-guidelines-surveys/

You can also access the individual BCMB By-laws and Policies here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about-bcmb/bylaws-policies/

  • Don't know

Please review the BCMB Depot Information Application Package found here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/depot-owners/forms-guidelines-surveys/

You can also access the individual BCMB By-laws and Policies here - http://www.bcmb.ab.ca/about-bcmb/bylaws-policies/

You may also wish to be added to the Request for Applications (RFA) emailing list in order to be notified, via email, of future RFA opportunities. Click here to enter your contact information to the RFA emailing list.

Inspection Criteria

The BCMB uses a number of tools to evaluate bottle depots and assist you with ensuring you meet our operating criteria. These include Mystery Shopper audits, the Quality Control Progressive Action Policy and on-site inspections by one of our Compliance Officers.

Our Compliance Officers are a great resource for depot owners. They have the tools and information you need to run your depot efficiently and effectively and can assist you in working with the collection system agent (ABCRC) and the Alberta Bottle Depot Association.

Permit Renewal Criteria

If you are planning to buy, sell, or transfer ownership of a bottle depot in Alberta, please contact the BCMB before completing the necessary form.

PAP

The BCMB requires accurate reporting of return rates to the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, the citizens of Alberta, and all other industry stakeholders. All bottle depots must accurately ship and report quantities of beverage containers to the Collection System Agent and the BCMB. 

The Progressive Action Policy is a defined set of actions to be taken by the BCMB at various stages in the quality control process to encourage compliance and provide a consistent and fair means of enforcement when depots are not compliant. This policy is a natural extension of the operating agreements between the bottle depots and the CSA. 

For more information on the PAP, please contact the BCMB.

Mystery Shopper Program

The Mystery Shopper Program is a province-wide BCMB initiative committed to auditing depots for refund accuracy. Each year the BCMB has a goal to audit all Alberta depots.

The BCMB provides each depot with a detailed follow-up report of the audit within seven days of the audit. Routine checks provide a valuable service to the public, offering insight into the accuracy of cash refunds supplied to Alberta consumers and ultimately work to enhance to reputation of the depot industry.

The mystery shopper history for a depot is taken into account when renewing depot operating permits. Depot operating permits are issued for one, four or five years. Higher performing depots are rewarded for their hard work with longer permit lengths.