crushed cans

Beverage Container Program

What happens to containers

Container Material Type Recycling uses
Can Aluminum Alcohol and non-alcohol containers (primarily pop and beer cans) Aluminum is densified and baled, then shipped to the United States (US) where 97% by weight is recycled, primarily into new beverage containers.
Bottle Refillable glass Industry standard beer bottles (IS-B). Domestic beer bottles, primarily from large breweries such as Labatt's and Molson's. Bottles are returned to breweries in Alberta, where they are cleaned and refilled an average of 15 times.
Bottle Non-refillable glass All glass other than IS-Bs, includes juice, wine, liquir, cooler containers. Glass is broken and turned into "cullet" at regional processing centres, shipped to Airdrie, Alberta and processed into fibreglass insulation. Some of the glass is crushed and used locally as clean fill on construction sites.
Jug Plastic Primarily high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic used to make soft drink, juice, water, milk liquor containers etc. Baled and shipped to Alberta, where 80% by weight is recycled into non-food containers.
Bi-metal, aseptic and polycoat Multi-material Includes aseptic containers (juice boxes, drink pouches), polycoats (gable tops, milk and juice), bi-metal containers (tomato juice, evaporated milk etc.) Aseptic and polycoat containers are baled and shipped to US recycling markets. 80% by weight is recycled. Bi-metal containers are baled and shipped south. They are recycled into rebar and car parts, where 95% be weight is recycled.