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Walmart Canada to stop giving free plastic bags

Staff writer |
Walmart Canada said that beginning February 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers.

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The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste. Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of 72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes.

Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste.

In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

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