Ontario is celebrating a milestone for the return of its two billionth alcohol container under the province’s successful Deposit Return Program.
Currently, about 80 per cent of all alcohol containers sold through the LCBO are returned to the Beer Store for a refund. But the Ontario government has set a new target of 85 per cent for 2014.
“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,” said Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of the Environment, in an April 16, 2014 statement.
In 2013 alone, the province says Ontarians returned more than 112,000 tonnes of empty alcohol containers like plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, bag-in-box wine containers and Tetra Pak containers.
Bradley used the recycling milestone as an opportunity to promote Bill 91, the proposed Waste Reduction Act, 2013, which has been stalled at Queen’s Park after some 20 hours of debate. Although the legislation hasn’t been debated in the Legislature for months, Bradley says the Bill would build on the success of programs like the Ontario Deposit Return Program.
“If passed, Ontario’s proposed Waste Reduction Act, 2013 would build on the success of programs like this to ensure more waste is recycled while creating new jobs and investment opportunities,” stated the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s announcement about The Beer Store milestone.
Earth Week runs from April 21 – 25, 2014.