Our Program

CBCRA members are the brand owners and distributors of the beverages that you consume every day. These companies share a commitment to being responsible and increasing beverage container recycling rates.

CBCRA operates the beverage container recycling program in Manitoba, and is committed to reaching the government-mandated target of recovering 75% of beverage containers sold in the province. CBCRA implemented and operates the Recycle Everywhere program. 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. This includes Canada’s first province-wide away from home beverage container recycling program.

Beverage producers supplying into the Manitoba market are charged a Container Recycling Fee (CRF) for every non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverage container they supply into the province. This fee funds the entire operation including infrastructure, signage, technical support, and Promotion and Education. In addition, the funds pay for up to 80 per cent of the cost to collect, sort and market used beverage containers in residential recycling programs.

The Container Recycling Fee ensures that each beverage sold supports the recycling process. We are aware that the fee is usually passed on from producers to retailers to consumers.



The Container Recycling Fee is the amount beverage producers are charged to cover the cost of recycling the beverage containers they produce. The CRF ensures the cost to recycle these beverage containers is properly accounted for. It also provides CBCRA with long-term sustainability in order to improve recovery rates and recycling efforts.

In order to fairly support the cost of recycling each material, effective February 1, 2019, CRF rates will be adjusted. Rates vary according to container size and type.

The following material is available for download and distribution.

Obligated Containers

  • PET Containers
  • Aluminum containers up to (and including) 1 Litre
  • Glass containers
  • HDPE containers
  • Poly Coat (including Gable Top and Aseptic) containers
  • Other plastic containers
  • Steel (Bi-metal) cans
  • Drink pouches up to (and including) 1 Litre
  • Bag in a box over 1 Litre

Program Plan

The Program Plan provides information on the financial and reporting requirements for obligated beverage stewards and details how funds submitted to CBCRA are used to fund and recover beverage containers in both residential and away-from-home channels.

2018-2022 Program  2012-2016 Program  2011 Program Plan

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 in this province. A new Program Plan will be submitted to the Government of Manitoba in 2017.

Minister’s Approval Letter

CBCRA’s Program Plan operates under the Manitoba Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation (195/2008).


  1. Where does CBCRA currently operate?
  2. What is Manitoba’s 75% beverage container recovery target?
  3. What is the purpose of the CBCRA Program Plan?
  4. What are CBCRA’s goals and objectives?
  5. What are CBCRA’s core principles?
  6. How is CBCRA governed?
  7. Who is responsible for achieving the 75% target?
  8. How does the CBCRA system in Manitoba work?
  9. Who are the CBCRA participants?
  10. How are municipal partners involved?
  11. What can this mean for public and Government buildings?
  12. What materials are collected?
  13. What dairy products are included in the program?
  14. How does CBCRA relate to Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM)?
  15. How is the recovery rate of beverage containers calculated?
  16. What is a Container Recycling Fee (CRF)?
  17. Why are the changes to the CRF being made?
  18. What are the new fees being introduced on February 1, 2019?
  19. Why are the new fees different for various container types?
  20. What if costs go down? Does that mean fees will decrease?
  21. Is tax applied to the CRF?
  22. How does CBCRA communicate these changes?
  23. What happens to the containers?
  24. Who is charged the CRF?