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Calgary Co-op is cracking down on plastic overuse by charging for plastic bags and introducing a compostable option.

Under the banner “together for good,” Calgary Co-op says it is taking three specific actions. First, it will be introducing a new 100 per cent compostable shopping bag on April 22 (Earth Day) that members can use for Calgary Co-op purchases for 10 cents a bag. The same day, Calgary Co-op will implement a five cent fee for conventional plastic bags. And it will do more to encourage members to use reusable shopping bags (Calgary Co-op says the average member already has 15-20 reusable bags). Three cents will be donated to Calgary Co-ops Community Foundation every time a member uses a reusable shopping bag.

“We know people are concerned about plastic, and this is a start for us in terms of plastic reduction,” says Calgary Co-op CEO Ken Keelor. “Using non-plastic shopping bags is one of the easiest changes that Calgary Co-op and our members can make to reduce plastic usage associated with shopping.”

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