Loblaw launches plastic bag recycling program

    - 51 million plastic bags expected to be recycled in year one of PC(R)
    GREEN(R) Ontario-based program; bags to be recycled into new usable
    plastic products -

    BRAMPTON, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - In its continued effort to become a more
responsible GREEN retailer, Loblaw Companies Limited is rolling out the PC(R)
GREEN(R) Plastic Bag Recycling Program at Ontario stores located in
municipalities where curbside plastic bag recycling is not available,
estimated to be more than half of Ontario municipalities.
    This initiative is expected to divert more than 51 million plastic bags
from Ontario landfill in year one of the program by urging consumers to return
plastic grocery bags to store and deposit them in new recycling receptacles.
The plastic bags will then be recycled into new usable plastic products.
    This recycling initiative complements the recent launch of the company's
new Milton Loblaw Superstore - the first major grocery and general merchandise
retail store in North America to eliminate traditional plastic grocery bags at
checkout - and the launch of PC(R) GREEN(R) "Canada's Greenest Shopping Bag."
    In April of this year, Loblaw made a commitment to reduce one billion
plastic grocery bags from Canada's landfills within one year. Recycling and
reducing the number of plastic grocery bags offered at store, as well as
offering more sustainable choices, will help achieve this goal. Currently,
Ontarians use almost 80 plastic bags per second, close to seven million
plastic bags per day.
    "As Canada's largest grocery retailer, we have a responsibility to help
reduce waste in our communities," says Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman,
Loblaw Companies Limited. "In municipalities that do not offer plastic bag
recycling, we are committed to continuing to offer consumers options to help
them divert plastic bags from landfill."
    Currently PC(R) GREEN(R) Plastic Bag recycling receptacles are located in
the entrance vestibule of 60 stores throughout Ontario, with additional stores
launching the program moving forward. The program's test pilot suggests that
receptacles will be filled at a rate of twice per week, translating into more
than 16,000 plastic bags recycled per store per week.

    About Loblaw Companies Limited

    Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's largest food distributor and a
leading provider of general merchandise, drugstore and financial products and
services. Through its various operating banners, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a one-stop destination in meeting their food and
everyday household needs. This goal is pursued through a portfolio of store
formats across the country. It also offers one of Canada's strongest control
label programs, including the unique President's Choice(R) and  no name(R)
brands. Loblaw is one of the largest private-sector employers in Canada,
employing over 139,000 full-time and part-time employees.

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    Please note: Fifty-one million bags recycled in year one of program is
based on test pilot figures, and is only an estimate.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Danielle Rouleau,
(905) 459-2500 x3639, danielle.rouleau@loblaw.ca

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