Refreshments Canada Statement on Changes to the Alberta Beverage Container Regulations



    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - In response to the announcement today by the
Government of Alberta on changes to the Beverage Container Regulations and
increases in some container size deposit levels, Refreshments Canada and the
Canadian refreshment beverage industry re-affirms their support for effective
and efficient recycling systems across the country.
    "The beverage industry's containers are the most recycled consumer
product packaging in Canada. Used beverage containers account for less that
half of one percent of all waste generated by Canadian households, with the
vast majority of the containers being recycled" said Justin Sherwood,
President of Refreshments Canada, "Despite this fact, the Canadian refreshment
beverage industry is committed to working with stakeholders in Alberta to
increase recycling opportunities for their containers".
    In Canada, mechanisms for recycling packaging, including used beverage
containers, vary from province to province. The Canadian refreshment beverage
industry and its products support recycling programs and infrastructure in
every jurisdiction and the industry works diligently to ensure that consumers
have easy access to the most effective and cost efficient recycling mechanism
possible. Through product stewardship and the funding of recycling programs
across Canada, the industry has a long standing tradition of environmental
responsibility and sustainability.
    "Deposit return mechanisms are just one option" said Sherwood "and we are
committed to finding further cost effective ways of increasing the diversion
of these containers."
    Refreshments Canada is the national trade association representing the
broad spectrum of brands and companies that manufacture and distribute the
majority of non-alcoholic beverages consumed in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Justin Sherwood, Refreshments Canada,
justin@refreshments.ca, (416) 362-2424 x 1

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