09/06/2006

TORONTO, Ontario, September 10, 2006. AMO President Doug Reycraft welcomed today’s announcement that a deposit return system will be implemented to divert thousands tonnes of the LCBO’s product packaging from Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program and
“LCBO deposit return makes good sense environmentally and economically,” said Reycraft.  “This initiative will enhance environmental protection in Ontario and improve the efficiency of the blue box program.”

In 2003, the LCBO sold more than 110,000 tonnes of glass bottles and other containers to Ontario consumers.  Up to 90 per cent of the bottles made their way to municipal blue boxes.  However, in the absence of a system to sort glass by colour, only a small percentage could be recycled to manufacture new glass bottles.  The remainder was sold at a loss to manufacture products such as asphalt and concrete – or sent to municipal landfill as crushed glass. 

AMO estimates that in 2003, Ontario property taxpayers shouldered $23 million in costs to collect, process and market glass containers sold by the LCBO – more than four times the $5 million the LCBO currently contributes to municipalities as a steward under the Ontario Government’s Blue Box Program Plan.  

A deposit return system for LCBO product packaging will divert thousands of tonnes of material away from landfill sites and save property tax payers millions each year.  

In June 2006, AMO, in partnership with the Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators (AMRC), submitted proposals to improve the efficiency of Ontario’s Blue Box program to the Ontario Government.  The proposals include a deposit-refund system for all alcohol beverage containers sold by the LCBO. 

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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