The Beer Store's Award-Winning Bottle Return Program Gives Back To The Environment And Community

- Recipient of the 2011 Globe Award for Best Green Retailing Practices in Canada -
- Annual 'Returns For Leukemia' Happening This Weekend Across Ontario -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Beer Store (TBS) is toasting its 7000 employees across Ontario's 440 retail locations and its loyal customers, to thank them for their efforts in securing the 2011 Globe Award for the Best Green Retailing Practices In Canada, announced recently in Vancouver. The Globe Foundation recognizes outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship and commends businesses that take a proactive approach to providing sustainability benefits to communities and society at large. The recent Victoria Day long-weekend sales, which see an annual spike of over 25% compared to other weekends, further highlights the environmental and societal importance of the company's bottle return program.

"We're proud to have been recognized with a Globe Award for having the best green retail practice in Canada, especially when shortlisted against two large national companies," said Ted Moroz, President of The Beer Store. "The Beer Store's bottle return program is a win-win situation for both our customers and the environment and we look forward to furthering our commitment to green corporate practices."

Collectively, The Beer Store reuses or recycles 4,000 containers every minute of every day. A half billion metric tonnes of landfill are avoided every year due to these efforts and by utilizing recycled material instead of virgin raw materials, the Beer Store program saves enough energy to heat 30,000 Canadian homes every year.  The corresponding reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is equivalent to removing 33,000 cars from the road. Empty beverage alcohol containers (large and small glass bottles, PET plastic, Tetra Pak cartons, bag-in-box and cans) can be brought to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.

In addition, The Beer Store is busy preparing for its annual Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive taking place this weekend (May 28 and May 29) across its Ontario retail locations. Customers are invited to donate a portion or all of their bottle returns and 100 per cent of funds collected will be donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada to help fund lifesaving research to find a cure for Leukemia and other blood cancers, the number one disease killer of children in Canada. Last year The Beer Store raised over one million dollars through the generosity of its suppliers and Ontarian customers.

About The Beer Store

The Beer Store (TBS) is the trading name for Brewers Retail, a privately owned, joint-venture chain of 440 retail outlets in Ontario, founded in 1927. We offer the largest selection of beer products, including over 350 brands from Canada and around the world. We take back 100% of all beer packaging as well as all wine and spirit containers. For more information, please visit

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