At the Beer Store we remain proud stewards of the environment. The cans and bottles you return to us are essential to help keep Canada’s food and beverage system moving. We are dedicated to keeping our staff and customers safe while continuing to accept returns and have made some changes to reflect our changing realities.
To ensure staff and customers remain safe while participating in the deposit return program, we have temporarily reduced the number of stores accepting empties. This will allow our retail operations to ensure store staff have substantial quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) along with ensuring we continue to comply to social distancing with increased store traffic. We ask customers to give themselves extra time when visiting our stores as we experience a higher volume than normal. Customers are encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth as added safety measure, and practice social distancing.
Did you know that 20% of glass recycled through returns programs goes directly into Canada’s food industry and 53 million pounds of aluminum go into Canadian can plants each year? These are some of the reasons returns remain vital to the Canadian food and beverage system. Learn more about our environmental leadership and the impact returns make here.
To ensure the safety of our staff, we kindly ask that where possible you return glass bottles in their original cardboard box packaging.
We continue to expand the list of retail stores and recommend you check back regularly to see if a store in your community or nearby city is accepting empty containers. For a list of stores accepting returns, please click here. Please check store hours before visiting.
The Beer Store has decided to pause the acceptance of empty container returns and customer purchases of beer on Sundays at all Distribution Centres. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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