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Bag it back’

Bag it back’ – a new deposit return program for recycling wine, beer and spirit containers – starts today. The program encourages Ontarians to return empty containers to The Beer Store for a refund, which means less waste going to landfill.  By enhancing the Blue Box program’s effectiveness, deposit return will help increase Ontario’s waste diversion rate.

Starting today, Ontario consumers will pay a deposit when they purchase beverage alcohol – including wine, spirits and beer.  They can then return empty containers to The Beer Store for a full refund.  The Beer Store already operates one of the most successful container return programs in the world.

This program will help divert about 25,000 to 30,000 additional tonnes of glass from landfills – which is equivalent to about 80 million bottles.  The new container return program will also free up space in Blue Boxes, giving municipal governments the opportunity to expand recycling programs.

ONTARIO DEPOSIT RETURN PROGRAM
Starting February 5, 2007, consumers will pay a deposit on eligible beverage alcohol containers.  These can then be returned to The Beer Store for a refund, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

Eligible containers:  glass bottles, plastic bottles (PET), Tetra Pak containers, bag-in-box, aluminum and steel containers

Purchase Locations: All LCBO outlets, Agency Stores, Retail Partners, Ontario winery and distillery stores

Return Locations:  More than 800 locations including The Beer Store, Commercial Return Locations, Empty Bottle Dealers*, Agency Stores

*The Beer Store has contracts with approximately 150 Empty Bottle Dealers in rural communities.

Container Type/Size
 Deposit/Refund Amount
 
Containers less than or equal to 630mL
Aluminum and steel containers less than or equal to 1L  10¢
 
Containers over 630mL
Aluminum and steel containers over 1L  20¢
 

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