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Celebrating Two Billion Containers Returned

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Celebrating Two Billion Containers Returned

Recycling Containers Protects the Environment and Creates Employment

Thanks to Ontario residents, two billion alcohol containers have been recycled into new products through the Ontario Deposit Return Program.

Alcohol containers such as plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, bag-in-box wine containers and Tetra Pak containers can be returned to the Beer Store for a refund under the program. Returning containers creates employment as they are recycled into useful new products, such as new containers, fibreglass, car mats, seat belts, carpeting, clothing, insulation and cardboard.

If passed, Ontario's proposed Waste Reduction Act would build on the success of programs like this to ensure more waste is recycled while creating new jobs and investment opportunities.

Protecting the environment through sustainable waste management is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Recycling creates jobs. Every additional 1,000 tonnes of recycled waste generates seven new jobs.
  • Last year alone, Ontarians returned more than 112,000 tonnes of empty alcohol containers.
  • Currently, 80 per cent of all alcohol containers sold through the LCBO are returned to the Beer Store for a refund. Ontario has set a target of 85 per cent over the next year.

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“On the eve of Earth Week, it is time to say thank you, Ontario, for recycling an astounding two billion wine and liquor containers over the past seven years. This success means we have recycling factories making new products, instead of higher piles of waste in landfills.”

Jim Bradley

Ministry of the Environment

“Returning empty bottles and cans is an easy way to protect the environment, reduce waste and create jobs. Besides the important environmental benefits, such as reduced landfill waste and more of recycled products, the Ontario Deposit Return Program creates jobs in the waste management and manufacturing sectors and helps support Ontario’s economy.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

“It is thanks to all Ontarians who take the time to return their empty containers to the Beer Store that we are able to celebrate this important milestone. The Beer Store is proud that our award-winning deposit-return system makes it possible to turn empty containers into economic and job opportunities.”

Ted Moroz

President, Beer Store

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