Walmart Canada this week announced that beginning February 9, 2016, it will no longer offer free plastic bags to customers in an effort to encourage the use of reusable bags and ultimately divert plastic film from the landfills. The first location to implement the change will be in British Columbia with other stores to follow over the coming months.
Reusable bags will be on hand for shoppers for a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags for five cents per bag to customers who request them.
|25 cent reusable bag.|
The retail giant said some of the proceeds from the five cent charge will be allocated towards supporting plastic film recycling initiatives. The company is currently collaborating with suppliers to discover new ways to remove plastic from its packaging processes.
"Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers," said Tappenden. "While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won't happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags."
Walmart Canada has 397 stores and serves more than 1.2 million shoppers per day.