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Will free plastic bags make a comeback?

Grocery giant reviews its 5¢ plastic bag fee

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Grocery chain Atlantic Superstore is bucking a trend and reconsidering their five-cent bag fee. Back in December, the company stopped charging its customers as an “appreciation move,” and it has extended the gesture into January. The fee, designed to limit the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills, was implemented by Atlantic’s parent company Loblaw Cos. Ltd., and no one from at corporate headquarters has commented on its suspension. In an email, the company said the fee was being “evaluated” while some customers have expressed frustration with the bag fees and having to remember their own cloth bags. The company said they have seen a 55 per cent drop in the number of bags distributed when compared to stores that were not charging the fee.

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