Metro plans plastic bag ban by September

All Metro’s food and pharmacy banners will stop offering single-use plastic shopping bags this September, if they can get enough reusable bags.

The decision is part of the company’s 2022-2026 Corporate Responsibility Plan to reduce overpackaging and single-use plastic.

“Our ambition is to optimize our packaging and printed materials by reducing their use, relying on optimal design, choosing environmentally responsible materials and facilitating their recovery and recycling; these are the principles on which is based our Packaging and Printed Materials Management Policy, which Metro published in 2019”, said Marie-Claude Bacon, vice-president, public affairs and communications.

“With a network of some 950 food stores and 650 drugstores, the elimination of single-use plastic shopping bags will prevent the circulation of more than 330 million of these bags annually.”

Since the early 2010s, Metro has completed numerous packaging and printing initiatives.

With annual sales of $18 billion, Metro Inc. operates or services a network of some 950 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as some 650 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Food Basics Pharmacy banners.