Sobeys aims to be first national grocer to do away with plastic bags

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Sobeys says it plans to be the first national grocer to do away with plastic bags.

In a media release Monday, Sobeys Inc. announced that plastic grocery bags will be removed from all of its 255 locations by the end of January 2020.

President and CEO Michael Medline says customers and employees have made it clear that they want to see less plastic, and the company agrees.

While the plastic grocery bags are phased out of each Sobeys banner, the retailer says it will launch innovative
and unique programs to reduce plastics in other areas of the store and encourage customers to choose
reusable bags that can be used repeatedly and returned for recycling.