The Beer Store | Circular Economy Month | Waste Reduction Week in Canada

The Beer Store

Circular Economy Month Founding Partner

The Beer Store is a proud supporter of the Waste Reduction Week in Canada program since 2017.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


The Beer Store and Waste Reduction Week on CTV News

During Waste Reduction Week 2019, Circular Innovation Council (formerly Recycling Council of Ontario) and The Beer Store visited a bottling facility to highlight and demonstrate the benefits of the circular economy as part of a Waste Reduction Week in Canada segment on CTV News.

BC Brewers’ Recycled Container Collection Council (BRCCC)

BRCCC is the stewardship agency appointed by producers to manage the collection of aluminum alcoholic cans, refillable bottles and associated packaging.

Circular Commitments and Achievements

  • BRCCC consistently has one of the highest container recovery rates in the province, achieving 90%+ for over a decade. Achieving high recovery rates and ensuring excellent environmental performance means more materials are diverted from our landfills, oceans and waterways.
  • For over 90 years – long before any regulatory requirements – the Beer Industry has managed a deposit return system and remains the only system in the Province that refills glass bottles. The refillable beer bottle continues to be a gold standard of sustainable packaging and an exemplary model of a circular economy.
  • BRCCC’s collection system utilizes the brewers’ distribution and retail networks, which maximizes efficiencies through return empty container trips coordinated with full goods deliveries thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions!
  • BRCCC has also long-practiced crushing cans before shipping to optimize transportation routes and reduce the need for trucks on the road.

Learn more about BRCCC's story and environmental leadership here.