SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The major grocery stores in Ontario will completely eliminate the use of plastic bags over the coming months. By the end of the year, they aim to totally get rid of single-use plastic bags.
Several grocery networks such as Sobeys, Walmart, NoFrills, Real Canadian Superstore, Fortinos and other stores owned by Loblaw have already clarified that single-use plastic shopping bags will not be offered to customers at the checkout counters of their retail shop outlets by early-2023.
Also, METRO announced that it has already eliminated plastic bags in some stores and that it will reach the goal of total elimination by the end of the current year itself, even at Food Basics stores. Stephanie Bonk, Communications Manager at METRO highlighted the importance of phasing out single-use plastic bags at its stores, saying that the initiative is expected to eliminate the use of approximately 330 million plastic bags. Meantime, the stores will offer reusable cloth bags for $0.33 per bag.
The stores urged customers to bring their own bags for shopping and keep plastic bags completely out of their shopping routine. This in turn will help them to become more eco-friendly and contribute significantly towards reducing environmental pollution, they noted.