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    Posted: Jan/13/2009 at 11:15am
Do you think paying for plastic bags will help the environment?
Loblaws will begin to charge customers for plastic bags. Do you think it will make a difference to the environment, or is it just another way for big stores to make money?

 

Fees arrive at Loblaws for grocery bags

Torstar News Service
12 January 2009 05:26

Carlos Osorio/Torstar news service e

Loblaw kicks-off the New Year with the launch of its Together We Can Help the Environment campaign aimed at reducing plastic shopping bags.

The Loblaw grocery chain in Toronto begins charging customers 5 cents a plastic bag today and says “partial proceeds” from the fee will go to World Wildlife Fund-Canada.

The chain announced the ongoing donation yesterday but said it won’t reveal how much of the money goes to the conservation group until April, when its pay-for-plastic initiative goes nationwide.

Loblaw also introduced  new signs in stores reminding shoppers to bring their own reusable bags and promotions including a sale on reusable bags.

The company also announced the bags shoppers get for a nickel will be extra thick and made from “plastic waste material.”

The city originally planned to force retailers to give customers a 10 cent refund if they brought their own bags but, after lobbying from the grocery industry and promises of donating partial bag revenues to environmental causes, councillors last month instead approved the mandatory five-cent fee for Toronto stores, effective June 1.

 
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