Four of Canada’s leading retail associations have endorsed a plan to significantly reduce the number of plastic bags distributed in British Columbia over the next five years. The groups behind the initiative include the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD), the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS). The program includes commitments to a goal to reduce the use of plastic bags by 50 per cent in five years; consumer education initiatives to promote the use of reusable shopping bags; appropriate and meaningful incentives to encourage consumers to reduce plastic bag demand; and the provision of collection points for single-use plastic bags to be recycled where possible. It also includes annual monitoring and reporting to ensure progress is made.
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