How we work

Through the Container Recycling Fee (CRF), industry producers fund the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) to recover their materials in all channels, including both the residential and away-from-home sectors. The CRF ensures that each beverage container sold supports the recycling process. You can find out more about the process below!

A flow chart detailing how CBCRA funds Manitoba's recycled beverage container program using the container recycling fee (CRF)

Funded by Producers

Beverage producers supplying into the Manitoba market are charged a Container Recycling Fee (CRF) for every non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverage container they bring into the province. This fee funds the entire program – 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 and process beverage containers in residential recycling programs. Through the CRF, industry producers pay the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) to recover their materials in all channels, both in residential and away-from-home sectors. The fee ensures that each beverage sold supports the recycling process.

Our program provides many tiers of benefits. Using recycled beverage containers to manufacture new ones conserves resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves the energy required to process new raw materials. Our programs also keep thousands of tonnes of beverage containers out of the garbage and reduce litter, extending the life of Manitoba’s landfills and increasing sustainability. Finally, Recycle Everywhere generates local jobs, both in recycling collection and processing, and bin manufacturing – with the majority of our bins made here in Manitoba.

A diagram detailing how CRF funds infrastructure, signage, technical support and promotion for recycling programs


CBCRA’s program also pays for up to 80% of the cost to collect and process beverage containers in residential recycling programs.


CBCRA does not own any of the collected material. It all belongs to the municipalities and their waste service providers.

The value of recycled materials like aluminum and PET covers a large portion of the collection and processing costs.


The Recycle Everywhere 101 program helps Manitoba schools increase their beverage container recycling rates.

Since the RE101 program launched in 2013, CBCRA has provided hundreds of schools with recycling infrastructure and promo materials to get students involved. As a result, 95% of Manitoba’s students have access to recycling through our program.


Recycle Everywhere bins can be found in public spaces in each of the cities listed below. In every instance, beverage container litter in city streets has decreased since the baseline audits began, with no other new litter abatement programs being in place.


CBCRA provides public places like swimming pools, arenas, community centres, and libraries with free Recycle Everywhere bins to encourage and support recycling outside of the home.



A diagram showing the increase in recovery rate of beverage containers in Manitoba since 2011

Over a six-year period the recovery rate has gone from 42% to 70%, an increase of 28 percentage points, which means 67% MORE CONTAINERS
WERE RECYCLED in 2016 than in 2010.

This equals a decrease of 25,686 METRIC TONNES OF CO2eq EMISSIONS which is the equivalent of TAKING 5,708 CARS OFF THE ROAD. The beverage containers recycled in Manitoba last year would fill 1042 RAIL CARS.

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