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All 197 BC Liquor Store Locations Are Ditching Plastic Bags For Paper Bags

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In an effort to cut down on plastic pollution, B.C. Liquor Store locations are switching plastic for paper bags. That includes all 197 locations.

“Too often, single-use plastics end up polluting our oceans, waterways, parks and forests,” B.C. Attorney General David Eby said in a statement. “At a minimum, the action taken today will mean that there will be 22 million fewer plastic bags in the landfill.”

That 22 million is the number of plastic bags given away at liquor stores every year throughout B.C.

Victoria is starting the transition November 25, where all alcohol will be given to you in paper bags. Metro Vancouver will follow beginning February 3, 2020. Whereas the rest of the province is starting March 9, 2020.

The stores will then charge 10 cents per paper bag to encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags.

These new bags will be strong enough to hold about six bottles of wine or a six-pack and two bottles of wine.

They will also be made of at least 40% recycled material and are 100% recyclable and compostable.

This comes in time with Trudeau’s promise to ban single-use plastics by 2021. The City of Vancouver is acting on that promise in another way as well.

A city-wide ban on foam will come into effect January 1, exempting hospitals and food charities.

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