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Ontario deposit-refund system starts

Starting Monday, February 5, 2007, Ontarians who purchase wine at an LCBO or winery retail store will have a bottle...


Starting Monday, February 5, 2007, Ontarians who purchase wine at an LCBO or winery retail store will have a bottle deposit added to the retail price of their purchase. Consumers will have this deposit refunded if they return the empty container to a designated refund centre. Deposits range between 10 and 20 cents per container, depending on size.

But, some wine drinkers in the province will not have to pay this bottle deposit nor will they have the hassle of returning their empties to a refund centre. And, they will be actually helping the environment.

“Customers of licensed on premise winemaking businesses not only enjoy making their own wine, paying almost zero tax and saving money, they re-fill their wine bottles time and time again”, says David Foley, spokesman for Wineinfo.ca, an information website about on premise winemaking. Re-filling bottles is better for the environment than recycling because it reduces the number of new bottles that are manufactured and because it avoids the costs associated with the collection of and recycling of glass. Wine consumers simply rinse, sanitize and re-fill the same bottles many times.

“My wife owns an on premise winery and some of her customers have been re-filling the same bottles for the past five years,” says Foley. “Customers know that re-filling trumps recycling every time.”

On-premise wineries offer their customers dozens of wines from all over the world that they can truly call their own — they start the fermentation process and return several weeks later to bottle and label their wine. The operator of the on premise facility looks after the intermediate winemaking steps on behalf of the customer.

More about on premise winemaking may be found online at www.wineinfo.ca


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