What Licensees Should Know
The Ontario Deposit Return Program began on February 5th, 2007.
The deposit applies to all wine, beer and spirit containers (including glass and plastic (PET) bottles, Tetra Pak containers, bag-in-box, and steel and aluminum containers) purchased in Ontario on or after February 5, 2007.
Most wine, beer and spirit containers 630mL or under carry a $0.10 deposit; those 631mL or over, $0.20. Steel and aluminum containers over 1L carry a $0.20 deposit; those 1L and under carry $0.10.
Licensee customers pay the deposit at the point of purchase and will be refunded the equivalent amount by The Beer Store (TBS) when the empty wine, beer and spirit containers are returned.
Returns can be handled by TBS during the course of a regular beer delivery, by the licensee itself to a TBS location or by a third party hauler. For further information on TBS services to licensees, please contact the TBS Call Centre at 1-888-948-2337 or visit www.serviceontap.ca.
If a licensee opts to use TBS for the pick up of empties it is required to sort them in accordance with TBS guidelines which can be found at www.serviceontap.ca or obtained by contacting the TBS Call Centre at
Participation in this program by licensees will result in a significant improvement to the diversion of packaging waste.