A month after implementing a five-cent fee for single-use bags, Metro grocery stores have distributed 70 per cent fewer bags compared to the monthly average. Metro introduced the fee for single-use bags at grocery stores in Quebec and Ontario on June 1, 2009. Since then, demand for reusable bags has increased by five times. Selena Fiacco, a spokesperson with Metro Ontario Inc., said that the results are encouraging because they confirm that customers are willing to change their shopping habits. The company aims to reduce the distribution of single-use grocery bags by 50 per cent by the end of 2010. In Ontario, 4.2 billion bags are distributed every year, according to estimates by the Recycling Council of Ontario.
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