Loblaw partner on bag pilot
York Region is partnering with the country largest food retailer in an attempt to eliminate traditional plastic grocery bags for good.
Five Loblaw stores in the region have been chosen as test locations to roll out a compostable bag pilot starting Pandora Bracelet today.
The Pandora Bracelet y are the Fortinos on Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan, the Loblaws on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, the Superstore on Bayview Avenue in Aurora, the Superstore on Yonge Street in Ea Pandora Bracelet st Gwillimbury and the Zehrs on Woodbine Avenue in Keswick.
The two month pilot will test the compostable shopping bags, which will be offered for 15 cents at checkouts.
The bags comprise 40 per cent renewable plant based materials and match the durability, size and reusability of plastic bags that sell for five cents at stores.
think people will figure out the math pretty quickly, Claudio Gemmiti of Loblaw Companies Ltd. told the region environmental services committee.
The cheapest compostable bag on the market now is 10 cents, he said.
are getting a pretty robust, sturdy bag for 15 cents, Mr. Gemmiti said, adding the company is relying on people to realize they are getting a good value.
By charging five cents for plastic shopping bags, Loblaw has reduced the number of bags from its stores by 71 per cent across the country.
York council implemented mandatory use of certified compostable bags in its green bin program last year.
It will be a hard decision for many people at the counter between buying a five cent plastic bag and a 15 cent compostable bag, regional chairperson Bill Fisch said.
Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath agreed, adding there may be even be some resistance to the charge.
But Richmond Hill Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora, who Pandora Bracelet is chairperson of the region environmental services committee, maintained it important the pilot gets a good run in any case.