LCBO has a longstanding tradition of
reducing its environmental footprint and developing initiatives with
LCBO’s environmental committee consists of a cross-functional team of
employees who help to implement the organization’s environmental
strategy, review best practices and develop new ideas.
LCBO’s environmental strategy has five key goals:
- Reducing package waste generated by LCBO sales
Increasing the rate of material diverted from landfill to recycling
- Improving all aspects of environmental management
Reducing consumption of energy and utilities at LCBO facilities
Promoting re-use and conservation.
LCBO is helping to lessen its impact on the
environment in several ways including:
LCBO SUPPORT OF “BRING BACK THE SALMON”
LCBO’s support of the Bring Back the Salmon project was recognized by
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), a community-based environmental
organization. This program, which began in 2006, has achieved positive
results in restoring a wild, self-sustaining population of Atlantic
salmon to Lake Ontario and its tributaries.
LCBO 2011-2012 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
In 2011, LCBO launched the organization’s first annual environmental
sustainability report, Our responsibility to the environment: LCBO
Sustainability Report, 2010-2011. To view the report,
As one of the largest retailers of beverage alcohol in the world, LCBO
takes its responsibility to ensure its operations are environmentally
We are pleased to have our second annual report published with updates
to our environmental initiatives. To view the report, click here.
This report outlines LCBO’s environmental sustainability strategy,
activities and accomplishments. Inside, visitors will find information
on a variety of topics including:
- A Message from LCBO’s President and CEO Bob Peter
- Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP)
- Energy and Utilities Conservation
- Carbon Measures
- Logistics Efficiencies
- In-store Waste Reduction
- Lightweight Containers
- Organic and Biodynamic Products
- Natural Heritage Fund (NHF)
- Marketing/Promotional Products
- Other Initiatives
THE LCBO NATURAL HERITAGE FUND
The LCBO Natural Heritage Fund raises money for wildlife habitat
restoration and rehabilitation throughout Ontario. Reusable bags are
available in LCBO stores and a portion of sales of reusable bags,
together with proceeds from other fundraising efforts, go to the LCBO
Natural Heritage Fund, which supports community-based projects to
preserve or restore wildlife habitat.
Click here for a video on
the release of the two millionth Ontario Atlantic salmon to Lake Ontario
and its tributaries in 2010.
Click here for a video on the re-establishment of bald eagles in the Thousand Islands region.
ELIMINATING PLASTIC BAGS
AND OFFERING REUSABLE BAGS
phased out plastic bags in all stores in 2008 to reduce reliance on
disposable shopping bags and encourage customers to opt for reusable
alternatives. This initiative has eliminated 80 million plastic bags.
Customers now have a variety of reusable LCBO bags to choose from or
they can bring their own reusable bags.
Proceeds from the sales of reusable bags, together with proceeds from
other fundraising efforts, go to the LCBO Natural Heritage Fund, which
supports community-based projects to preserve or restore wildlife
Customers can also opt for free paper bags made up of 40 per cent
recycled content and recyclable through the Ontario Blue Box program.
PACKAGING AND RECYCLING
helps to protect the environment through the Ontario Deposit Return
Program (ODRP) and the municipal Blue Box program. The organization is also
working with suppliers to offer more products in alternative and
lightweight packaging including Tetra Pak cartons, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles, aluminum cans and, increasingly,
Suppliers are encouraged to minimize packaging and LCBO recycles
corrugated cardboard, alcohol, fine paper, newspaper, batteries, plastic
wrap, printer cartridges, data tapes and other materials, as well as
working to reduce energy use in LCBO facilities to reduce greenhouse gas