All beverage producers and distributors supplying into Manitoba pay a two-cent Container Recycling Fee (CRF) on every non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverage container that they sell in the province. This fee funds CBCRA and its Recycle Everywhere program.
We can do a lot with two cents: create new bin infrastructure and distribute bins, educate the public, offer technical support, and promote awareness. The CRF also funds up to 80% of the cost to collect and process beverage containers through residential recycling programs. Every beverage container sold in Manitoba supports the recycling process.
Typically, beverage producers pass on the CRF to retailers, who pass it on to consumers. Education about the CRF is so important to our program because it helps people to understand that the CRF covers the recycling cost of that empty container. Our program is designed to account for the recycling of every beverage container before it’s even dropped into a bin.
We depend on beverage retailers to help educate their customers about the link between the fee they see on their receipt, and the cost of recycling each beverage container. Our joint efforts with our producer and retail partners transforms them into stewards of our program, who stand with us in our commitment to increase beverage container recycling rates in the province. They are an important resource that allow us to engage new partners and expand our programs.
This collaboration is helping us achieve our long-term goals.