April 2, 2020 10:10 a.m.
Beer drinkers who racked up a mountain of voids during the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to get rid of bottles and cans starting next week.
The Beer Store has announced that it will resume acceptance of voids in 71 of its 450 stores on Monday.
The retail giant suspended its recycling program last month to better protect its employees from the coronavirus epidemic. But now, a shortage of bottles in some breweries has prompted the Beer Store to reinstate the program.
“To facilitate an orderly restoration of the recycling program, we have temporarily reduced the number of stores accepting empty spaces,” said the retailer on its website. “This will allow our retail operations to ensure that we have substantial amounts of personal protective equipment while preserving the operational maintenance of social distance with increased store traffic.”
Customers are also limited to bringing back only one empty basket per visit and are asked to drop off during off-peak hours.
The hours of operation of the 71 points of sale that will accept empty spaces have been changed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, the hours are unchanged.
A return to the wheel will also take place every Sunday in the seven distribution centers of the Beer Store, including that of 280 Sovereign Rd. In London.
The beer stores in southwestern Ontario that will accept voids are:
Chatham – 132 Richmond Street, N7M 1N9
Leamington – 255 Erie Street S., N8H 3C3
London – 1600 Dundas St., E. N5W 3C2
London – 414 Wharncliffe Rd. S., N6J 2M5
London – 1199 Oxford St.W., N6H 1V8
Sarnia – 1107 Confederation, N7T 7H9
Saint-Thomas – 1014, rue Talbot, N5P 1G3
Windsor – 2380 Walker Road, N8W 3P6
Windsor – 790 rue Goyeau, N9A 1H6
Windsor – 8150 Tecumseh Blvd E., N8R 1A2
Woodstock – 86 Beale Street, N4S 6X4