about the ABDA
Alberta has over 200 Bottle Depots serving all areas of the province – these independently owned and operated businesses are part of a highly regulated and heavily monitored system that ensures all types of beverage containers sold in Alberta are returned for recycling – that is, kept out of ditches and landfills. Depots are proud to be an important part of Alberta’s environmental services!
The ABDA proudly represents our members who strive to provide their services in a convenient and quick manner that reflects the highest levels of integrity. Our members are “eco-financial institutions” – we convert your beverage containers to cash and ensure those containers are properly recycled. Depots are proud to be key parts of a world-leading beverage container return and recycling system!
The deposits on beverage containers are your money held temporarily in trust by the beverage manufacturers (not the government) until you bring your containers back to a Depot. Alberta’s Bottle Depots pay you that full deposit value in return for your empties, and they count, sort, and assemble shipments of containers. The manufacturers receive the sorted and counted containers, then repay your deposit to the depots and provide a small additional payment for sorting the containers into 19 different categories for maximum recyclability and maximum material value. Depots are proud to help the manufacturers get top-dollar for the recyclable material that makes up beverage containers; this keeps the system costs to a minimum.
Over $30 million from deposits flows to Alberta community organizations through bottle drives and return campaigns every year. Depots are proud to be an integral part of your community!