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Ontario puts wine and liquor bottles on deposit

The Ontario government has announced that wine and liquor bottles will be placed on deposit.The announcement, m...


The Ontario government has announced that wine and liquor bottles will be placed on deposit.The announcement, made by Premier Dalton McGuinty in Brampton on Sunday, September 10, marks a bold change in provincial policy and a victory for critics who, for a long time, have complained that the blue box is inefficient for collecting such used beverage containers.Consumers will soon be able to return wine and spirit containers for a refund, which will mean less waste going to landfills and lower recycling costs for municipalities, Premier McGuinty said.”Ontarians have shown a tremendous dedication to the Blue Box program,” said Premier McGuinty. “This new container return program is an important step forward in our commitment to work with Ontarians and our partners in government and industry to build clean, healthy, vibrant communities across the province.”In February 2007, Ontario consumers will begin paying a deposit when they purchase wine and spirits. They can then return empty wine and spirit containers to The Beer Store for a full refund. The Beer Store already operates one of the most successful container return programs in the world.This program will help divert about 25,000 to 30,000 additional tonnes of glass from landfill. That’s equivalent to about 80 million bottles. The new container return program will also free up space in blue-box curbside recycling programs, giving municipal governments the opportunity to expand recycling.”On the 25th anniversary of the blue box, we’re pleased to be moving forward with this important new environmental initiative,” said Laurel Broten, Minister of the Environment. “We know Ontarians want to contribute to a clean, healthy environment and this is a great way for them to do that.””LCBO deposit return makes good sense environmentally and economically,” said Doug Reycraft, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). “This initiative will enhance environmental protection in Ontario and improve the efficiency of the blue box program.””The Recycling Council of Ontario applauds Premier McGuinty for demonstrating leadership, especially at this time when we need to increase waste diversion and decrease materials sent to landfill,” said Joanne St. Godard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO). “Deposit-return systems have proven their worth when it comes to maximizing the reuse and recycling of bottles. The RCO believes the proposed deposit-return system is a good step towards extended producer responsibility in this province.”


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