Canada: Ontario to impose bottle deposit

Starting in February 2007, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario will impose a CAD 0.10 or CAD 0.20 deposit on wine and liquor bottles in a bid to boost recycling.
To obtain a refund, the bottles will …

Starting in February 2007, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario will impose a CAD 0.10 or CAD 0.20 deposit on wine and liquor bottles in a bid to boost recycling. To obtain a refund, the bottles will have to go to “The Beer Store” for recycling. The government expects the deposits will increase recycling rates of wine and spirit containers by 30 to 40 %. A CAD 0.20 charge will be added to the price of liquor in glass bottles, Tetra Paks and other containers greater than 630 millilitres while small containers will carry a CAD 0.10 surcharge. The province has a contract with the Beer Store to take in empties and, according to the Toronto Star, the province expects to pay CAD 15 million dollars in the first year to handle about 150 million containers.