Waste & Recycling


Ontario’s Beer Store dropping plastic bags

TORONTO – The Beer Store will be eliminating single-use plastic bags at all retail locations in January 2020.

Many products sold at the Beer Store are already packaged using recyclable materials for easy transport. For customers who require it, the Beer Store will make available an alternative to single-use bags.  Those reusable bags will be for sale at all locations later this year.

“This is an important step forward for the Beer Store, building on our award-winning recycling efforts that have seen over 20 billion beer containers refilled/recycled during the same time span as the more than four billion alcohol containers have been diverted from Ontario landfills since 2007, ” said Ted Moroz, Beer Store president.

“Even more importantly, our customers expect us to demonstrate leadership in this area.”

The Beer Store is proud of its environmental stewardship efforts and achievements to date, with operational activities reviewed regularly to identify areas where more can be accomplished. Because environmental leadership is a core value of the business, The Beer Store has in place a return system that recycles both returned empty containers as well as the associated packaging, so that none of that material is sent directly to Ontario landfills.

“By eliminating single-use plastic bags The Beer Store continues to demonstrate environmental leadership in driving waste reduction,” said Jo-Anne St. Godard, executive director, Recycling Council of Ontario.

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