Loblaw stores bag nickel fee
OTTAWA Pandora Bracelet On April 22, just in time for Earth Day, Loblaw stores across Canada will begin charging customers five cents for every plastic shopping b Pandora Bracelet ag they use.
The aim is to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by diverting 1 billion plastic bags from landfills by the end of the year.
Since 2006, Loblaw Companies Ltd. including The Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills and Loblaws food retailers have been able to cut down on plastic bag consumption by 320 million bags.
“We’re trying to obviously make an even bigger impact this year,” said Inge Pandora Bracelet van den Berg, Loblaw vice president of public affairs.
A pilot program rolled out in January in stores across Toronto saw an immediate impact, with plastic bag consumption down 75% in just over three months.
“We found that charging a nominal fee for plastic bags does impact customer behaviour,” van den Berg said.
A Leger Marketing survey conducted in March on behalf of Loblaw found 81% of Canadians supported the idea of paying more for plastic.
“Generally Canadians are very supportive of wanting to divert plastic from landfills,” van den Berg said. “They know that it’s the right thing to do, and they’re even supportive of the pay for plastic bag program. It reminds them of the change in behav Pandora Bracelet iour that they need to make.”
No Frills has been charging for plastic bags since 1987. The Real Canadian Superstore followed suit in 1992.
Other competitors leave it up to individual stores to set a nominal fee for plastic bags.
According to research conducted by Loblaw, stores that charge a nominal fee use 55% fewer bags than those stores that provide bags for free.
Loblaw also tried implementing a rebate system, encouraging customers to bring back their plastic bags, but the incentive led to only a 4% drop in plastic bag use.
“We’ve found the biggest obstacle is just remembering to bring a plastic bag,” van den Berg said, adding Loblaws stores will offer options including a green plastic shopping bin, and President’s Choice branded reusable cloth bags.
“I think it’s a good idea, because there’s too many plastic bags around,” Loblaws shopper Don McStravick said.
“But I doubt very much that most people will be overly concerned with the five cents. An extra quarter or 50 cents on the grocery bill after you’ve spent $100 doesn’t mean much.”