"Bagging It Back" For A Greener Ontario



    McGuinty Government's New Recycling Program Getting Results

    KITCHENER, ON, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Ontarians are cashing in their empty
alcohol containers for greener communities.
    Since the Bag It Back program launched a year ago, consumers are on track
to return 65 per cent of their alcohol containers to The Beer Store for
recycling.
    "Ontarians are saying 'Yes' to a greener environment," said Premier
Dalton McGuinty. "We're doing a great job with the big bottles, but we can do
even better by bringing back more of the other containers as well."
    The return rate for smaller bottles, plastic, Tetra-Paks and bag-in-box
containers is still low at 48 per cent.
    Under the Bag It Back program, customers pay a deposit when they purchase
wine, spirits and beer. They then return the empty alcohol containers to The
Beer Store for a full refund. Glass bottles, cans, plastic, Tetra Paks and
bag-in-box containers are all eligible.
    "Bag it Back is definitely positive," said Doug Reycraft, President,
Association of Municipalities of Ontario. "As we see more space in the Blue
Box for other products, it reminds us of the need to make progress on reducing
post-consumer packaging and use of more recyclable packaging materials."
    The Bag It Back program also reduces landfill waste and boosts the number
of products that can be made from recycled material. Those products include
bottles and cans, carpeting and fibreglass insulation.

    Learn more about the Bag it Back program: www.bagitback.ca

    Find out where to Bag It Back:
    www.thebeerstore.ca/OurStores/Store_finder.asp

    Learn more about Ontario's Go Green plan: www.gogreenontario.ca

    Find out what you can do to help: www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/myenvironment

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