HBC Stores Begin Charging for Plastic Bags

By Brian Schultz

Plastic BagsShoppers at The Bay and Zellers will now pay for each plastic bag used to carry their goods. The stores — both owned by HBC — have introduced a 5-cent per bag fee to encourage customers to bring reusable bags instead.

This isn’t anything new for Canadian retailers. The Real Canadian Superstore has been charging for their bags for years.

Local resident Don Woodstock approves of this new fee on plastic, and will be pushing for a complete ban of the bags today when he drops off 45,000 of them to the Manitoba Legislature.