End of plastic bags at Metro and its subsidiaries

End of plastic bags at Metro and its subsidiaries

Grocery giant Metro will stop offering single-use plastic bags in the stores of its various grocery banners and pharmacy next September. In addition to Metro and Metro Plus supermarkets, these banners also include Super C, Jean Coutu and Brunet.

According to the company, this decision was made in accordance with its Corporate Responsibility Plan 2022 -2026. This plans to reduce over-packaging and the use of single-use plastic.

“Abandoning single-use plastic shopping bags will prevent the circulation of more than 330 million of these bags annually,” said Marie-Claude Bacon, vice-president, public affairs and communications at Metro.

Customers of the group's grocery stores and pharmacies will be encouraged to bring their reusable bags or buy them on site. It is not expected that paper bags will be offered as is the case at other grocers. “According to the Life Cycle Environmental Analysis of Shopping Bags, single-use paper bags are among the worst performing solutions in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, even when recycled,” justified a spokesperson for the group in an email exchange with Métro (the newspaper).

Less and less plastic bags

This announcement comes a few weeks after Walmart also removed plastic bags from its stores. The grocer Sobeys, which includes the IGA banner, was the first food giant to announce the end of single-use bags in its stores in 2020. However, it continues to offer paper bags. In addition, the City of Montreal announced in August 2021 that it would ban degradable and non-degradable single-use plastic shopping bags, regardless of their thickness, starting in September 2022.

On the Ottawa side, a draft regulation aimed at eliminating several categories of plastic items, including bags, has also been on the table since last December.

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