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Every Container Counts

Did you know that The Beer Store reuses and recycles over 1.8 billion containers each year? Find out more about the environmental benefits of returning your empty alcohol containers to The Beer Store and see how every container counts!

Here’s how the containers are recycled and re-used

Aluminum Cans

Recycled into new aluminum sheet which can be used to make new aluminum cans.

Refillable Bottles

Refillable glass beer bottles are sterilized and refilled an average of 15 times! Once they reach their end of life, they are then recycled into new glass bottles and other glass products.

Clear Glass

Recycled into new glass bottles, some of which occurs at the Owens-Illinois glass container manufacturing plant right here in Ontario.

Coloured Glass

Recycled into new coloured glass bottles and fiberglass.

Plastic Bottles

Recycled into plastic strapping and felted automotive parts and other miscellaneous plastic products.

Better Returns

At the Beer Store environmental leadership is a core value

We are one of the few retailers in North America that takes back all the packaging we sell. Bottles, cans, kegs, cardboard packaging, bottle caps, plastic rings, you name it – if we sell it – we take it back.

In fact, we take back more than we sell! For years we have been taking back Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) beer containers and with the introduction of the Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP) in 2007, we began to accept back for deposit refund all liquor containers over 100ml – wine, spirits and coolers.

We understand that it can be a bit daunting to return all the variety of empties. And we know that many of you want to do the right thing and want to be a good recycler and protector of the environment. To help us help you, we’ve put together a step-by-step instruction booklet and guide to ensure you are providing ‘Better Returns’ at The Beer Store! Please refer to this guide as a handy reminder before your next visit to our stores. We encourage you to share this information with friends and family so we all become great ambassadors on recycling, reusing and returning.