Bag it Back (ODRP)

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!

1 Billionth Bottles

Stacked end to end they would reach three quarters of the way to the moon.

Container Worth:

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

Green Results:

The recycling activities under the two deposit programs result in:

203,914 tonnes of avoided green house gas emissions


Removing 43,073 cars from the road each year.


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