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Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP)

The Beer Store and the Ontario Deposit Return 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 Program (ODRP). Also know was the Bag It Back program, which is now in its thirteenth year of operation, runs in parallel with our own long-standing deposit return program that we’ve been operating since 1927.

Some ODRP 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 outside The Beer Store system (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 over 207,000 tons of avoided green house gas emissions. That’s about the same as removing 44,236 cars from the road each year!

Container Deposit Levels:

  • Containers less than or equal to 630 ml: 10 cent deposit
  • Containers greater than 630 ml: 20 cent deposit
  • Cans less than or equal to 1 litre: 10 cent deposit
  • Cans greater than 1 litre: 20 cent deposit
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