Brandt resigns as Ont LCBO head
TORONTO, ONT-Andy Brandt last week announced his decision to resign as chair and CEO of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to pursue personal interests and spend more time with his family in Sarnia. A former Environment Minister in the 1980s, Brandt headed the LCBO for 15 years and took a lead role, along with the soft-drink, food and consumer products industry and grocers in encouraging the provincial government to establish Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO). Under his leadership, The LCBO has been providing municipalities $5 million a year for the last six years to cover 50% of Blue Box costs. In recent years, Brandt has been encouraging LCBO suppliers to adopt Tetrapak packaging for wine instead of glass. Lightweight Tetrapaks are recovered in Ontario curbside recycling programs at a rate of 9.5%. The weight and low recycling rate of this packaging will mean very low Blue Box stewardship fees for the LCBO as the WDO moves from voluntary payments to set Blue Box stewardship fees in 2006.