Posted November 26, 2012

85 years and 75 billion bottles collected at The Beer Store

75 billion bottles have been collected since The Beer Store began collecting 85 years ago.

Today the The Beer Store released 85 Years of Environmental Excellence – Responsible Stewardship 2011-2012, its annual packaging stewardship report detailing the packaging diversion performance of TBS’s deposit return system for beer containers and the Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP) for wine and spirit containers.

Some of the environmental landmarks achieved this year include:

  • Over 2.1 billion beverage alcohol containers collected – equivalent to 91 per cent of all beverage alcohol containers sold in Ontario;
  • 1.81 billion beer containers collected (glass and PET bottles, cans and kegs) – a remarkable 94 per cent overall return rate;
  • Almost all (99.1%) refillable glass beer bottles returned – these bottles are used an average of 15 times before being recycled into new glass bottles – enabling brewers to sell over 1.15 billion bottles of beer in Ontario in 2011-12 while only purchasing about 92 million bottles;
  • 81 per cent of all wine and spirit containers sold were recovered and recycled;
  • Large glass wine and spirit bottles (over 630 mL) had an impressive 90% return rate – these containers represent over half of all ODRP containers sold.

Combined, The Beer Store’s beer container recovery program and the ODRP successfully:

  • Diverted over 480,000 tonnes of beverage alcohol packaging from Ontario landfills;
  • Saved 2.9 million gigajoules of energy – equivalent to over $46 million of oil;
  • Avoided over 205,000 tonnes of GHG emissions – equivalent to taking over 40,210 cars off the road; and
  • Saved Ontario taxpayers $40 million in waste management costs.

“The Beer Store’s waste diversion results are outstanding,” said Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley.  “Waste diversion is good for our environment and our economy.  The Beer Store’s efforts mean more glass is recycled into new products like new bottles and fiberglass insulation rather than taking up valuable landfill space,” he said.

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