FoE Quebec pushes for deposit system for bottles bought at government-run off-licences

AmiEs de la Terre (Friends of the Earth) in Quebec is pushing for a deposit system for bottles bought at Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), the government-owned corporation that runs off-licences in the province, claiming it is more effective than selective collection of glass.

FoE argues that most glass recovered by selective collection cannot be recycled because it is contaminated through contact with other materials. It also says that glass in recycling bins often breaks during transport, affecting the market value of other recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic and metal.

The group is collecting signatures on a petition to convince SAQ to move to a deposit system. It points out that Manitoba and Quebec are the only Canadian provinces that do not have a deposit system for glass wine and liquor bottles.

For more information, see (in French)

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