(May 13/15) Quebec is looking at new options for recycling glass, including a deposit system for wine and alcohol bottles. The government is referring to a Laval University study that found the deposit system was better than using the blue box.

Issues with the blue box system
The blue box system is problematic because:

  • glass (green, white and brown) gets mixed up, which complicates recycling; and
  • bottle breakage increases.

Our concerns with a deposit system
The restaurant industry partnered with the university on this study, yet was not told the results until they were publicized. We will raise our concerns with the logistics of a deposit system and the costs to our industry.


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