Get Tips and Facts on Recycling in Alberta

According to Environment Canada, Alberta kept over 2 billion beverage containers out of landfills in 2013 by recycling them. That means we saved more than 700 kilowatts of energy.

Fish Creek Bottle is BCMB certified following all environmental and government regulations.

Find Cash in Your Trash

Recycling beverage containers by holding a bottle drive is a great way to fundraise for your team! Alongside that, you are also helping to save the environment at the same time. Get tips from the Alberta Bottle Depot Association (ABDA) and make your bottle drive a success.

Faster and More Efficient Recycling

We appreciate you choosing Fish Creek Bottle depot for all your recycling needs. We support our community and offer fast, efficient and accurate services to our customers. Here are some recycling tips from ABDA for returning your beverage containers to bottle depots:

  • Sort your containers by size for faster refund calculations

  • Sort by material: plastic, aluminum and glass

  • Rinse your containers

  • Sort out plastic rings and carton boxes

  • Bring your beer bottles in their original cardboard box

Fun Facts from ABDA:

  • Plastic takes 400 years, aluminum 500 years and glass 1 million years to break down in a landfill.

  • Glass containers take 8-12 weeks to be recycled.

  • 1 beer bottle is refilled an average of 15 times.

  • Well-run recycling programs cost less than waste collection, landfilling and incineration.

  • Recycled PET plastic bottles can be used to make jackets, fleece jackets, T-shirts or carpets.

  • 5 PET bottles can make fabric for one XL T-shirt or fill a ski jacket with insulation.

  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to power a 100 watt bulb for 20 hours or a TV for 3 hours.

  • Aluminum cans can be collected, melted down and made into new cans in as few as 60 days.

  • Laid end-to-end, containers recycled in Alberta last year would circle the earth 8 times!

  • Recycling 1 ton of plastic can save over 7 cubic yards of landfill space.

Donate Today!

Donate your refund instead of waiting to cash in your deposit. Fish Creek Bottle Depot makes sure your refund goes to a local community charity, such as Alberta Cans for Kids.

Sort Your BCMB-registered Containers

Please separate all the BCMB-registered, beverage containers you collect in the following order:

  • Aluminum cans 1 litre and less

  • PET 1 litre and less (clear)

  • PET over 1 litre (clear)

  • Glass 1 litre and less (excludes refillable domestic beer bottles, Miller, Sleeman, Steam Whistle and Moosehead)

  • Glass over 1 litre

  • Tetra 1 litre and less

  • Tetra over 1 litre

  • HDPE over 1 litre (natural)

  • Other plastics 1 litre and less

  • Other plastics over 1 litre

  • Gable tops 1 litre and less

  • Gable tops over 1 litre

  • Bimetals 1 litre and less

  • Bimetals over 1 litre

  • Foil drink pouches 1 litre and less

  • Bag-in-box over 1 litre


Get in touch with us for fast and easy answers.


Fish Creek Bottle Depot
15216 Shaw Rd SE (Behind Centex Gas Station, next to Rocky Mountain Honda)
Calgary, AB 

T2X 2A1

Refund Rates

1 litre & less: 10 cents
Over 1 litre: 25 cents


Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sundays & Holidays: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Service Area

 Calgary and surrounding areas


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