In 2007, the Ontario Government set in place The Bag It Back Ontario Deposit Return Program for all wine and spirit containers. This Program boosts recycling capture rates and ensures that more glass is recycled into high value products (bottles or fibreglass) rather than used as road aggregate or landfilled due to contamination.
The program's deposit incentive also enhances the Blue Box program by increasing the number of containers that are recycled. It builds on the success of Ontario's renowned Blue Box system by freeing up space in the Blue Box giving municipalities room to expand their recycling programs.
Should I Participate in the Ontario Deposit Return Program?
Yes. Residents are encouraged to return wine and spirit containers to The Beer Store for a refund at their own convenience. The "Bag it Back" website provides further details including the location of the nearest Beer Store to you.
Can I Continue to Recycle Wine & Spirit Containers in the Blue Box?
Yes. Although we do hope that residents will participate in the Deposit Return Program, wine and spirit containers that were previously accepted for recycling will continue to be accepted at the curbside or in your building recycling cart until further notice.
What About Scavenging From Blue Boxes?
City of London's WM-12 By-law prohibits the removal of recyclable material that has been placed out for collection. Any person who contravenes this By-law is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, is liable to a fine as provided for in the Municipal Act, 2001. If you witness scavenging of recyclable materials you may report this by calling our offices at 519 661-2500 ext. 8413 and leaving a message including your name, phone number, the location/address and time of the incident, and a description / license plate number. You can also reach us by e-mail.
Who Do I Call If I Have Further Questions About the LCBO Deposit Return Program?
The best agency to call for specific questions about the program is the LCBO.
LCBO Customer Service: 1-800-ONT-LCBO (1-800-668-5226). TTY Users dial toll-free at 1-800-361-3291
LCBO Email & LCBO Website
The Beer Store Customer Service: 1-888-948-2337
The Beer Store Email & The Beer Store Website