Canadian Springs — a Canadian supplier of bottled water — says it will voluntarily introduce a refundable, half-litre plastic bottle and hopes other large multinational rivals will follow its example.
Mississauga-based Canadian Springs will start collecting a 25-cent deposit on all 500 ml bottles as of January 1, 2009. The company, formerly known as Crystal Springs, says the deposit-refund system is the best method of reducing waste.
“As far as we’re concerned, all bottles should bear a deposit. We have hundreds of thousands of customers paying the deposit on the larger (water-cooler style) bottle and they’re more than happy to do it,” said Canadian Springs’ president Richard Stephens.
The initiative has the support of the Recycling Council of Ontario.
“Here’s a company that’s willing to step up and take responsibility and voluntarily put together a program to support their customers in bringing back this package and staying out of a subsidized system,” said the council’s executive director Jo-Anne St. Godard.
Canadian Springs will wash, sterilize and reuse its bottles.