Walmart Canada introduces five cent charge for plastic bags

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In this June 4, 2015 file photo, shoppers check out at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. Walmart Canada will begin to charge customers for plastic bags as part of its strategy for cutting the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills.

Beginning Feb. 9, customers will be charged for plastic bags, with reusable bags available for 25 cents each

TORONTO - Walmart Canada will begin to charge customers for plastic bags as part of its strategy for cutting the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills.

Beginning on Feb. 9, customers will be charged five cents each for plastic bags, with reusable bags available for a discounted rate of 25 cents each.

The company - headquartered in Mississauga, west of Toronto - said that the introduction of a small fee in other countries has helped Walmart to reduce the number of plastic bags by more than half.

Walmart says some of the proceeds from the new charge will go toward supporting recycling initiatives for grocery bags and other thin plastic objects.

The company said it's also going to improve in-store recycling and collection programs and work with suppliers to find ways of removing plastic from its packaging.

Walmart Canada has 397 stores and serves more than 1.2 million customers per day.

Organizations: Walmart

Geographic location: TORONTO, Mississauga, Canada

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  • Peter Johnsson
    January 29, 2016 - 12:24

    Walmart says some of the proceeds from the new charge will go toward supporting recycling initiatives for grocery bags and other thin plastic objects. The key word here is "some" ... the rest goes in their pocket, no doubt! Switch to paper bags like it used to be, which are compostable ... BUT ... they cost more money. Stores switched to plastic bags because they're cheaper than paper and they saved money. Now they want to make a buck on these too.

  • Well
    January 28, 2016 - 16:14

    I refuse to use the recycle grocery bags I see people using today . If the store doesn't want to pack my groceries in clean plastic bag's that I recycle & use again at home for the amount I pay them for groceries thats OK , I won't pay extra for the bag , I'll just shop at a different store . They tried this at superstore & Sobey's sales went way up . This using the bags sounds great until someone get's poisoned from the meat or fish residual that get left in the seams of these bag's .

  • Billy
    January 28, 2016 - 08:51

    Paying a 5 or 25 cent recycling fee would mean I could return them to the recycling depot with my bottles and get a refund. I believe that is the provincial law.

  • Ann
    January 26, 2016 - 21:10

    If Walmart, or any store want to charge for bags that is fine, as long as you can make it to the car without the bags ripping, and the bags will be strong enough to reuse, if not, it is setting up as a legal money grab.

  • all about the money
    January 26, 2016 - 20:45

    another greedy grab by Walmart - next they will be charging for peoplr to enter the washroom and washroom tissue paper.

  • Summerside Resident
    January 26, 2016 - 05:59

    These large chains are driven by greed and cut throating, thats the bottom line. For the prices we are paying they should be supplying whatever carrier they deem appropriate, if not they should carry to our car. I never heard of anything so foolish in these hard times

  • Sobeys shopper
    January 25, 2016 - 22:39

    I am not shopping at this store any more 25cents for a plastic bag that could of held garbage . Yankee go home

  • Louann
    January 25, 2016 - 20:30

    Was 26c in Yellowknife,NT. Now no plastic bags are for sell, if your forget your cloth bag , you carry your groceries out it in your arms lol This has been in effect for a number of years .

  • Matilda
    January 25, 2016 - 19:34

    Since plastic bags are recyclable I don't see the problem using them. I really don't like when people take their own reusable bags to the grocery stores. Never know where they've been and how often they wash them. If they've been carrying meat products in them they should be washed every use but doubt very much if most of them are. Just feel safer using the plastic one so will have to put up with paying for them.

    • Observer
      January 26, 2016 - 10:29

      Why on earth would you care about someone else's shopping bags? Are you a cashier? If so, please note that you will get a lot of worse things on your hands from handling money. As for plastic bags being recyclable: many are not. And even those that are often end up caught in the branches of trees, jammed under shrubs, frozen in winter puddles, and all sorts of other places. Reusable bags should be the norm.

    • Matilda
      January 27, 2016 - 10:59

      To Observer: I'm concerned about other people's shopping bags because they may affect my health and health of other shoppers. Foodborne illnesses can be spread by the use of these bags if they are not cared for properly. Most people place them in the bottom of their grocery carts when they go shopping. Other people using these carts are then exposed to whatever may have been on them. They are stored in the trunks of cars where bacteria can thrive and multiply if they haven't been washed. These bags should be treated like the dirtiest laundry and thoroughly washed after every use. Just spraying them or wiping them down doesn't count. My concern is that most people do not do this. As for them not being recycled, that is the fault of the people who are too lazy to do so, probably the same people who don't return their shopping carts to the corrals at the malls, don't sort their garbage, etc. and you can probably be guaranteed they won't be washing their recyclable bags.

    • Cloth Bagger
      January 28, 2016 - 14:14

      WASH THEM??? Surely you jest. No one is asking you to use their bag so what business is it of your whether they wash, don't wash, or dry clean. Why stick your nose in someone else's bag?

  • BUDDY
    January 25, 2016 - 15:48

    This will add Millions to Walmart's Bottom Line...Any plastic bags on P.E.I. that are not re-used go to Recycle...This Decision is Plain Greed pure and Simple.

    • Cloth Bagger
      January 28, 2016 - 14:19

      My, my, my. If there was a prize for the article with the most comments this would be it. An article about one of the most trivial issues I can imagine. We all (myself too) need to find some better entertainment.

  • Brian
    January 25, 2016 - 15:37

    In northern Alberta there are no plastic bags in any store. If you go to Sobeys and you don't bring your own you have to purchase the recyclable ones or go without.