The Beer Store and the Bag It Back program.
Did you know we take back more than just beer containers and their packaging at the Beer Store? As a company dedicated to being environmentally responsible, we are proud to partner with the Ministry of Finance to be part of the Ontario Deposit Return (ODRP). The Bag It Back program, which is now in its ninth year of operation, is running in parallel with our own long-standing deposit return program that we’ve been operating since 1927.
Some Bag It Back fast facts:
The program covers all wine, spirit and cooler containers over 100 ml sold through LCBO stores and Ontario winery retail stores, and beer containers over 100 ml sold exclusively through the LCBO (this includes tetra, bag in box and case).
Consumers pay a refundable deposit at the time of purchase. This deposit is 100% refunded when the empty container is returned to the Beer Store.
The recycling activities of our two deposit programs resulted in 203,914 tons of avoided green house gas emissions. That’s about the same as removing 43,073 cars from the road each year!
Here’s how some of the containers are recycled:
Recycled into new glass bottles, primarily at the Owens-Illinois glass container manufacturing plant right here in Ontario.
Recycled into new coloured glass bottles and fiberglass.
Recycled into new aluminum sheet which can be used to make new aluminum cans.
Recycled into plastic strapping and felted automotive parts and other miscellaneous plastic products.