Walmart Canada has announced a plan to drastically reduce the use of plastics in its operations.
The Walmart Canada Charter on Plastics includes cutting the number of check-out plastic bags by 50 per cent by 2025, and replacing all single-use plastic straws with paper-based alternatives by 2020. In raw numbers this equates to the elimination of one billion plastic bags and 35 million single-use plastic straws.
- eliminating “hard-to-recycle” PVC and expanded polystyrene packaging from all its own private brand products by 2025;
- targeting at least 20 per cent post-consumer recycled content in private brand packaging by 2025;
- eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging in all its own private brand products;
- providing customers with more environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic household products, including utensils, plates and cups; and
- achieving 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for its private brand products by 2025.
“Reducing unnecessary plastic waste and increasing plastic recycling are key priorities for Walmart – and for our customers,” said Lee Tappenden, president and CEO, Walmart Canada. “As the world’s largest retailer and producer of private brand products, we want to use our size and scale to take a leadership role in reducing plastic waste in Canada.”
Tappenden said Walmart Canada will address plastic waste with a three-pronged strategy: using less plastic, recycling more plastic, and supporting improvements to the plastic waste reduction system.
The retailer says it will provide customers with more environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic household products, including utensils, plates and cups, and plans to become the first Canadian retailer to publicly commit to using How2Recycle labelling on all its own private brand products by 2025. In addition to eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging in its own private brand products starting in 2019, the company says it will eliminate all single-use plastics from cafeterias at its own corporate offices and distribution centres by the end of this year.