Returning empty liquor containers to The Beer Store puts money back in your pocket

We all know The beer store and how they collect empty liquor bottles and cans, but did you know they have a deposit system and are one of the leading recyclers in the country?

With over 1,000 brands in over 400 stores and a strong e-commerce presence in Ontario, The Beer Store keeps just under 2 billion empty liquor containers from entering landfills each year. As beer experts, they are passionate about environmental leadership – it’s one of their core values.

The beer store has one of the most successful waste diversion programs in North America, with a 97% recovery rate for refillable beer bottles. They are the first Canadian company to receive the Leadership in Environmental Choice Award and are world leaders in this practice.

(Be sure to keep an eye out for The Beer Store’s contribution to the circular economy during Waste Reduction Week in Canada taking place in October!)

The Beer Store takes back every empty container sold to consumers, restaurants and bars, as well as all other liquor containers sold in the province and their packaging. This includes things like plastic rings, bottle caps, and cardboard wrappers. And it should be noted that they are one of the few retailers in North America to do so.

Not a beer fan? It is very good! It’s easy to recycle containers of wine, spirits and other alcohol through The Beer Store, too. Don’t forget that aluminum liquor cans are also included!

Here’s where you’re going to want to make sure to pay attention: they offer a deposit refund on any alcohol container over 100ml purchased in Ontario.

To The beer storeyou can get your 10 cent deposit back on bottles 630ml or less and on cans 1L or less. You’ll get 20 cents for any larger bottle.

Need ideas on what to do with the extra funds? Here are a few :

  • Keep cash back in your pocket
  • Use it for your next purchase. With over 1,000 brands of beer, seltzer, coolers and more, you can surely discover a new favorite.
  • Help raise funds for charity. The Beer Store has helped raise and donate over $20 million to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada over the past 20 years, and has raised over $4.6 million for local charities, food banks and shelters across the province since 2020.

On top of that, you’ll be helping divert hundreds of thousands of tons of material, and most of it can be turned into new bottles, cans, and packaging.

Bringing empties back to the Beer Store is convenient with over 400 locations across Ontario, there’s sure to be one near you! Returning empties to The Beer Store relieves local recycling programs by reducing bulky materials, such as wine and liquor bottles, and ensures that every returned container and packaging will be recycled into premium products or reused.

This is easy to return your empties for refund at The Beer Store. Just use their online empty container return location tool to find your nearest store.

For time saving tips when you return your empties, before leaving to bring back your empties, sort them at home. Rinse and separate glass by color, aluminum and plastic by material (if possible), and return cans to their original packaging or clear plastic bags.

Remember to keep the necks of all bottles up and that black bins are provided for sorting when you arrive in store.

Now you know exactly what does it bring you. Earn cash back, use it towards your next purchase or donate your deposit to charity and help give voids another life. So what are you waiting for? Bring your empty bottles back to The Beer Store!