The LCBO, along with its beverage alcohol retail outlets, is responsible for providing Ontarians and Ontario businesses with the information they need to participate in the Ontario Deposit Return Program. In conjunction with other Deposit Return partners, the LCBO is also responsible for collecting deposit amounts on the sale of wine, beer and spirit containers throughout the province.
The Beer Store
As established in the Contract with the Ontario Government, The Beer Store (TBS) is the exclusive service provider for collection of all empty wine, beer and spirit containers. When Ontarians return their empty wine, beer and spirit containers to TBS retail outlets, Empty Bottle Dealers, Agency Stores, Retail Partners or Commercial Return Locations, they will receive the deposit amount which corresponds to the wine, beer and spirit containers returned.
The Beer Store "Service on Tap"
TBS's Service On Tap (SOT) is a service provided to Licensed establishments across the province. SOT agreements with TBS ensure that empty wine, beer and spirit containers are picked up from licensed establishments in conjunction with beer deliveries. Operators of licensed facilities are responsible for complying with SOT sorting requirements to facilitate the collection of empty wine, beer and spirit containers. Click here for those guidelines.