Stewardship Report 2020

Our Key Role Within a Sustainable Network

At The Beer Store, we are serious about our commitment to the environment. We work hard every day to protect the environment by facilitating the reuse and recycling of beer containers and the packaging they are sold in.

Our Key Role Within a Sustainable Network, the 2020 Beer Store Annual Stewardship Report for primary and secondary alcohol packaging, includes details on The Beer Store’s deposit return system for beer containers and the Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP) for non-Beer Store listed beer, wine, spirit, and cooler containers.

Highlights of our performance in 2020:

  • Over 1.76 billion beverage alcohol containers collected from Ontario consumers (over 1.35 billion beer containers and over 415 million ODRP containers)
  • Accepted back more containers for reuse or recycling than was sold in our system in 2020
  • 95% of all refillable beer bottles sold in Ontario were returned – these bottles are reused an average of 15 times before being recycled into new glass bottles
  • Over 207,000 tonnes of GHG emissions avoided as a result of the TBS and ODR returns programs – equivalent to taking 44,752 cars off Ontario’s roads and highways
  • Fundraising for Health Centres and Food Banks
  • Success of community run bottle drives