(Montréal) Starting September 16, all Quebec IGA grocery stores will accept that their customers use their own reusable containers to buy food.
A similar measure was introduced in Metro stores in Quebec last April. For its part, IGA extends to all its stores a pilot project put forward a few weeks ago.
Reusable containers can be used to deposit bulk foods, fruits and vegetables. They can also be used at self-service counters.
To be accepted, containers must be clean, free of cracks, stains, impurities and rust, and they must be designed to store food. They must have a lid or a closing device and not display a bar code.
Customers will have to weigh their empty container with courtesy before filling it.
IGA stores will allow the use of reusable glass or plastic containers, as well as cloth or mesh bags for dry foods and fruits and vegetables. For its part, Metro accepts re-sealable plastic containers and clean zipper bags.
These initiatives aim to reduce the use of plastic in food packaging.
A few weeks ago, the Sobeys food retailer, part of the Empire Group, the parent company of several banners, including IGA, announced the elimination by January next of the plastic grocery bags of its 225 stores. Canada.