Beverage producers that distribute into Manitoba; retailers that sell beverage containers; and places where beverages are consumed all play an important role in empty beverage container recovery. Supported by its partners, CBCRA is unwavering in its commitment, marshaling resources and leveraging opportunities to increase beverage container recycling across the province.
Non-alcoholic, non-dairy sealed beverage containers including:
Municipal and provincial buildings, city parks, streetscapes and more
Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) locations, including office buildings
Arenas, pools and recreation facilities, schools, colleges and universities
Single family and multi-family dwellings throughout Manitoba
In 2010, beverage producers and distributors supplying into the province formed a not-for-profit organization set on meeting the Manitoba government’s mandate of reaching a 75% recovery rate of all beverage containers supplied into the province. This organization is the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA).
The Manitoba Government Regulation requires that all beverage producers supplying beverages into the province either subscribe to an established program, or implement their own province-wide recycling system that can achieve the mandated recovery rate target. We’ve worked closely with all stakeholders, ensuring that the provincial government, beverage producers, retailers, our community partners and consumers are all considered in the operation of our programs.
CBCRA operates under a program plan that was first approved by Manitoba’s Minister of Conservation on August 31, 2011. The current plan, valid until December 15, 2017, details the steps that we are undertaking to help achieve the 75% beverage container recovery target. A new Program Plan will be submitted to the Government of Manitoba in 2017.
The first program CBCRA created was Recycle Everywhere. Recycle Everywhere strives to educate Manitobans on beverage container recycling, and ensure that it is convenient to recycle empty beverage containers no matter where you live, work or play.
Recycle Everywhere promotes beverage container recycling wherever beverages are consumed, both at home and away from home. This includes Canada’s first province-wide away-from-home beverage container recycling program.
Recycle Everywhere has partnered with communities, municipalities, schools, businesses, institutions, parks, festivals and events throughout Manitoba to provide them with the best Recycle Everywhere bin for the space free of charge. Partners simply arrange for the collection of the recovered beverage containers with a recycler. Together with our partners, we are enabling new products to be made, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing litter in streets and parks.
An extensive province-wide promotion and education campaign informs consumers and raises the profile of recycling throughout the province.
Through the Container Recycling Fee (CRF), beverage producers fund CBCRA to recover their materials in all channels, including both the residential and away-from-home sectors. The fee ensures that each beverage container sold supports the recycling process.
All beverage producers supplying into Manitoba are charged a
for every non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverage container they supply into the province.
Every single-use, sealed, ready-to-serve, non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverage container sold in Manitoba supports the recycling process.
Beverage producers and distributors supplying these products into the province are charged a Container Recycling Fee (CRF) that funds the entire program – from bin infrastructure to distribution of bins, promotion, education and technical support. The CRF also funds up to 80% of the cost to collect and process beverage containers through residential recycling programs.
These companies are our program stewards – committed to increasing beverage container recycling rates in the province.
Typically, beverage producers pass on the CRF to retailers, who pass it on to consumers. Beverage retailers throughout the province are key to educating customers about the link between the fee they see on their receipt and the cost of recycling each beverage container.
CBCRA continues to work with these partners and engage new companies as they emerge.
Though our program is singularly focused on increasing the number of beverage containers recycled in Manitoba, it provides many tiers of benefits.
Collecting and using recycled beverage containers to manufacture new containers and other products:
Recycle Everywhere generates local jobs, not just in recycling collection and processing, and bin manufacturing (with the majority of our bins made here in Manitoba) but also in program operation, communication and outreach.