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One Billion Bottles Recycled

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One Billion Bottles Recycled

McGuinty Government's Bag It Back Program Reducing Waste

One billion wine and spirit bottles have been returned to The Beer Store for recycling and reuse -- keeping them out of landfills.

Introduced in 2007, Bag It Back encourages Ontarians to do their part for the environment by returning empty wine and spirit bottles to The Beer Store for a refund. This means a cleaner Ontario because there is less waste going to landfills and generates containers for reuse and material to be recycled into new products.

Quick Facts

  • Bag It Back recycles wine and spirit containers including glass bottles, cans, plastic and tetrapaks.
  • Three hundred and seventy thousand tonnes of glass have been diverted from landfills - that's over 54,000 garbage trucks.
  • Over 90 per cent of recovered glass is being recycled into high value products including bottles, cans, carpeting and fibreglass insulation.
  • Ontario has some of the most comprehensive diversion programs in North America, including the Blue Box program.

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“The success of Bag It Back proves Ontarians want to do the right thing. It's just one example of the real and practical things people can do to reduce waste. Together we are building a cleaner, healthier environment for our children and grandchildren.”

John Wilkinson

Minister of the Environment

“We are extremely proud of these results and grateful to all Ontarians who care enough about their environment to take the time to return their empty wine and spirit bottles to The Beer Store. Without their participation these results would never have happened.”

Ted Moroz

President, The Beer Store

“Not only are their recycling results impressive, but the deposit-return system is efficient, saves energy and reduces the strain on municipal recycling programs. The Beer Store is truly one of Ontario's green leaders.”

Chris Winter

Executive Director, Conservation Council of Ontario

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