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September 07, 2006

LCBO Bottle Return System Being Considered

According to an article in today's Toronto Star, the Government of Ontario is considering the implementation of a bottle return system for the LCBO:

Ontarians will soon be charged a deposit on bottles purchased at the LCBO and will be able to return their booze empties to The Beer Store.

No details were available on how much deposits will be or how quickly the system will be up and running for consumers.

But Premier Dalton McGuinty advised his cabinet yesterday about the ambitious new deposit-return program, sources said. It's a public-private partnership with Brewers' Retail, owned by Labatt, Molson and Sleeman.

The report goes on to say that there will be discussions of this initiative during an inner cabinet meeting today, with an official announcement to follow as early as next week. Ontario is currently one of only two provinces to not have a deposit return system for bottles purchased at liquor stores.

Posted by Bar Towel News Editor at September 7, 2006 09:50 AM