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LCBO Deposit Return

In February of 2007, the Ontario Minister of the Environment announced a new deposit return program for LCBO containers. The program, called ‘Bag it Back’, obliges Ontario consumers to pay a deposit when they purchase LCBO products, which is reimbursed in full when the container is returned. Background materials on the announcement can be found at the link in the sidebar to the right.

RCO supported the program and provided the MOE with a set of performance indicators (click on the link to download) to ensure high performance and continuous improvement of the program.

The program celebrated its one year anniversary on Feb. 1, 2008. The following is a summary of the return rates for each of the container types for the period of Feb. 2007 – January 2008.



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More detailed information on the program and its collection/recycling rates can be found on the program’s website.




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