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Handling Commission Review a Success
Posted: February 27, 2017

The BCMB has successfully completed the 2016-2017 Handling Commission Review (HCR). On February 22, 2017, the BCMB Board of Directors approved an agreement between Interested Parties and set new handling commissions that will become effective as of April 1, 2017. The HCR process, conducted every three years, engages industry stakeholder groups, referred to as Interested Parties, in the review and negotiation of handling commissions.  Beverage manufacturers pay handling commissions to depot...

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What types of beverage containers are refundable?

All “ready-to-serve” beverage containers sold in Alberta are part of the collection system. There are 120,000 beverage containers registered in the province, including: plastic drink bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, polycoat containers, glass bottles and metal cans. If you aren’t sure if a container can be returned for a refund, check with your bottle depot or go to

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