Calgary Co-op scraps plastic bags at liquor stores and filling stations

'Our social purpose within Calgary is that of a responsible, trusted and dedicated resident citizen'

Filling stations and liquor stores run by Calgary Co-op in Canada are replacing plastic bags with compostable alternatives.

“Our social purpose within Calgary is that of a responsible, trusted and dedicated resident citizen,” said Calgary Co-op CEO Ken Keelor as he made the announcement.

“Every year, we think about what’s coming up in the next few years. And social responsibility is always high on our radar as a co-operative, which is owned by 440,000 members right here in and around Calgary. And so we have an accountability to our members and by always thinking about their needs.”

The move extends a commitment to reducing plastic by the co-op, which saw it introduce the 10 cent compostable bags to its grocery stores on 22 April – Earth Day. Customers are asked to use the bags to line their green food bins – although plastic bags have not been completely phased out of grocery stores yet.

For each reusable bag used, Calgary Co-op is donating three cents to its Community Foundation.

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