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May
11 2018

Reducing the Distribution of Single-use Shopping Bags: A Resource Guide for BC Retailers

Syndicated from: Retail Council of Canada – All updates

Reducing the Distribution of Single-use Shopping Bags: A Resource Guide for BC Retailers PrintMarch 26, 2018 Canadians use somewhere between nine billion and 15 billion plastic bags every year, enough to circle the Earth more than 55 times if tied together. This resource is open to all retailers  About The Guidebook Concern about the environmental impact of single-use shopping bags has led to several municipalities introducing or examining bans on plastic shopping bags, including the City of Victoria, the City of Vancouver and the City of Halifax. A proactive way to respond to these concerns is to reduce how many single-use shopping bags are distributed by retailers and to maximize the reuse and recycling of those that are taken away by customers. This guide offers advice for retailers based on best practices for: Reducing or eliminating the distribution of single-use shopping bags Creating a single-use bag reduction plan, including a plan template Training your staff, including a sample script Sourcing a good reusable bag Promoting proper plastic bag recycling Designing visual tools for customer communication – templates of example signs and till stickers If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations BC. gwilson@retailcouncil.org or 1-800-663-5135 ext. 303

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