Pincher Creek Co-op shoppers can now expect to pay five cents per plastic bag used when paying for their groceries, as the store has introduced the small charge on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Following suit with other Co-op grocery stores around the country, the Pincher Creek establishment is now an active participant of the bag fee.
Kayne Evans, grocery manager at the Pincher Creek Co-op, said the fee was introduced to serve two purposes: cost recovery and an incentive to shoppers to bring their own reusable bags.
“This is Co-op trying to be more environmentally responsible. For Co-op as a whole, Federated Co-operatives Limited, we looked at it, and it’s our responsibility, we feel, to lessen our environmental footprint,” said Evans.
“By charging for the bags, hopefully we’re reducing the waste. Other companies have done this too, but Co-op is taking the approach of environmental sustainability,” he said.