New POR Requirements

On June 19, 2019 the BCMB Board of Directors approved an amendment to the Depot By-law to require all depots operating at an annual volume of 6 million containers or more to have in use a Point of Return System by December 31, 2020. Item 10.29 below is the addition to the By-law. To view the full Depot By-law, please visit the BCMB website at this link:

10.29Depots handling six (6) million Containers per year or more must have a Point of Return system in the Depot by December 31, 2020, which meets the requirements as established by the BCMB from time to time, including the ability to display to the customer the number of Registered Containers at each refund rate, and the total refund payable to the customer.

Prior to this amendment, the By-law required “depots handling in excess of ten (10) million Containers” to have a POR system (item 10.28 of the Depot By-law). It was agreed upon by the Industry Leadership Committee that depots handling 6 million containers per year or more are financially able to implement a POR system and that the industry benefits from the use of POR in depots.

Depots that handle 6 million containers per year or more that do not currently have a POR system are required to submit a business plan to the BCMB by January 1, 2020, which details the steps that the depot will take to acquire and install the POR system by December 31, 2020.

Depots are free to source a vendor for their POR system, however as stated in the Depot By-law, the system must meet the requirements as established by the BCMB. Please see the BCMB’s POR Requirements document affixed to this notice.

If you have any questions regarding the new requirements, please contact Jeff Linton, President, BCMB at:

Phone: (780) 424-3193 ext. 228


Sandra Pinheiro