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Ontario has an impressive beer bottle recycling program where bottles are standardized for easy cleaning an re-use as opposed to being melted down and recycled. As a result there is a deposit on every bottle at the time of purchase. You get it back when the bottle is returned in usable condition.

I’m not sure if cities can claim the deposit back, but I can’t see why not. If that was the case and an employee was taking the empties from their route to the beer store (Alcohol in Ontario is sold by the government) to collect the deposits money it would be stealing.

Facts may be a bit off as I don’t live in Canada anymore.

Here is an article on the program. Beer bottles in Ontario are used an average of 15 times!