The first of its kind in the province, The Beer Store officially opened its ‘Recycling Plus’ depot that provides a one-stop drop-off spot for empty alcohol containers, paint cans and household electronics, Friday, Feb. 15.
Located in the Dupont Street and Symington Avenue area, on Campbell Avenue across from The Beer Store, the depot – a pilot project – was initiated in co-operation with Stewardship Ontario and Sims Recycling Solutions. An idea that arose from Beer Store employees, Recycling Plus is an evolution of the beverage distributor’s deposit-return programs.
“Ninety one per cent of all beer and 80 per cent of all wine, spirit and cooler containers are brought back,” said Ted Moroz, president, of The Beer Store during a grand-opening media event, Friday morning, at the depot, 299 Campbell Ave. “We’re able to divert half a million metric tones of packaging from landfill.”
Now, in addition to beer and wine bottles, Torontonians can get rid of a wide range of electronics, batteries and paint cans.
Moroz called the depot a “true one-stop shop where environmentally concerned people can bring back their waste” keeping “potentially hazardous waste” from landfill.
“People of Ontario are thirsty for practical ways to keep waste out of landfill,” said Minister of Environment Jim Bradley. “I hope this program will pave the way for more initiatives like this.”
Stewardship Ontario through its Orange Drop Program (which recycles municipal household hazardous and special waste materials) will oversee the collection and safe processing of batteries, paints, stains and coatings while Sims Recycling Solutions will process the returned electronic waste.
Since its inception in 2008, the Orange Drop Program has kept more than 72,000 tones of household hazardous waste from landfills and waterways in Ontario, said Lyle Clarke, executive vice-president of Stewardship Ontario. Clarke said customer convenience is key to the success of the project.
Wine, beer and spirit containers purchased in Ontario can be returned to the Beer Store and designated locations, such as Recycling Plus, for a full deposit refund. These include: glass bottles, bag-in-box, Tetra Pack containers, plastic bottles and aluminum and steel containers on which deposits have been charged. Recycling Plus will also receive (in containers 20 litres or smaller): interior and exterior house paints, such as latex, alkyd and enamel; undercoaters, primers, metal and rust paints; stains, urethane, polyurethane, varnish; sealers for wood and concrete; roof and driveway sealers. It will not accept automotive or marine paint or aerosols.
As for batteries, it will take single-use dry cell batteries (i.e. non-rechargeable batteries); accepted chemistries include, alkaline manganese, lithium, silver oxide, zinc-air and zinc-carbon batteries.
Recycling Plus will accept TV CRT, TV flat screen monitor CRT, monitor flat screen, computers, including desktop, laptop, server, printer, cell phone, keyboards, speakers, cables, scanners, typewriters, telephones and answering machine, scanners and printers, video players and recorders, amps, receivers and radios. It will not accept smoke detectors, medical electronics, electronics containing ozone depleting substances (like air conditioners).
Recycling Plus is open seven-days a week, on Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.