The Beer Store | Waste Reduction Week in Canada

The Beer Store

Circular Economy Monday Lead Partner 

At the Beer Store, recycling has become second nature and has been factored into many daily business processes. Using “Repeat” as a third “R” reinforces the approach to consistently repeat existing best practices while continuing to search for ways to improve. The Beer Store’s deposit-return system significantly reduces the amount of packaging going to landfills; they are able to reuse glass beer bottles; and repeat this practice (an average of 15 times per bottle) until they are recycled at the end of their life-cycle.

Commitment to environmental leadership is one of the Beer Store’s core corporate values. Environmental stewardship is built into their DNA. Established in 1927, the Beer Store’s deposit-return program is the first Extended Producer Responsibility program in North America. Being ‘Champions of Green’ is an important part of what they do.

The Beer Store devote’s a significant part of their operations to ensuring their industry’s containers and packaging is saved from landfills and from being a burden on the Ontario taxpayer. It’s a record unmatched by other industries, in Ontario or elsewhere.

Learn more about the Beer Store's story and environmental leadership here