We are a “product steward” under the Provincial Waste Reduction and Prevention Act. This means that we are part of the Paper and Packaging Stewardship Program and calculate the total weight of all liquor and beverage containers, packaging materials, and lottery and marketing products. Based on those measurements, we remit payment to the Province of Manitoba to support the management of these materials within municipal waste management programs. In Fiscal 2013/14 our obligation was $670,000.
We also provide compensation to the beer vendors for accepting the return of empty beer containers. On an annual basis we provide over $4.5 million in beer container handling fees to support vendor activities which includes refunding customers for the container deposit and preparing the empty containers for return to the distributers.