A serious Quebec grocery retailer chain is taking a step towards lowering single-use plastic packaging.
Metro has introduced that beginning subsequent Monday, it is going to enable prospects in Quebec to make use of their very own reusable containers for ready-to-eat meals, meat, seafood and pastries.
Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in meals distribution and coverage at Dalhousie College, says Metro’s determination is a recreation changer.
“It was only a matter of time earlier than we noticed a fundamental grocer shifting ahead on this problem,” Charlebois informed CBC Montreal’s Dawn. “It is actually excellent news for the trade — it’s now a benchmark.”
He says Metro is the primary main grocery retailer chain in Canada to permit reusable containers. To this point, issues about meals security have stopped corporations like Loblaws and Sobeys from following swimsuit, Charlebois says.
Metro has to observe particular circumstances set out by Quebec’s Ministry of Meals and Agriculture.
Clients should guarantee their containers have been correctly washed, and that there are not any logos or bar codes on them, in line with Charlebois.
Charlebois says meals retailers are being pressured by elevated curiosity within the zero-waste life-style.
Corporations may have a look at long-term options to make sure meals security, like offering gear to scrub folks’s reusable containers within the retailer, he stated.
“It is only a matter of time earlier than we see provinces and municipalities help these sorts of insurance policies,” Charlebois stated.
He says retailers are already making small adjustments to cut back plastics in grocery shops.
“They’re sluggish, however this announcement from Metro is a recreation changer for not solely Quebec, however for Canada.”