Plastic bag usage has dropped 43 per cent at Whistler grocery stores in the last two years, thanks in part to a five-cent fee implemented last year.
A little more than one year after the Alliance of Grocery and Drug Stores in Whistler instituted a five-cent charge per plastic bag, the fee seems to have had the intended effect.
Shopping-bag usage in Whistler grocery stores has decreased 43 per cent in the last two years, according to an update presented to Whistler council on June 7.
"I'm pretty impressed with it actually, thus far, (but) I kind of figured it would happen in our town... we're all pretty environmental, pretty sustainable," said Bruce Stewart, general manager at Nesters Market.
"We're looking at close to a 50-per-cent reduction in our bags, so a big thanks to all our consumers that are embracing it."