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LCBO has a longstanding tradition of reducing its environmental footprint and developing initiatives with industry suppliers.

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 and re-use
  • 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’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.



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, click here.

As one of the largest retailers of beverage alcohol in the world, LCBO takes its responsibility to ensure its operations are environmentally sustainable seriously.

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
  • goLOCAL
  • Natural Heritage Fund (NHF)
  • Marketing/Promotional Products
  • Other Initiatives




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.



LCBO 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 habitat.

Customers can also opt for free paper bags made up of 40 per cent recycled content and recyclable through the Ontario Blue Box program.



LCBO 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, lightweight glass.

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 emissions.


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