Sobeys Ontario Surpasses Voluntary Provincial Plastic Bag Reduction Target

           Sobeys, Foodland and IGA reduce plastic bag use by 72%

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - In less than six months, Sobeys, Foodland and IGA customers proved they can be the difference for a greener Ontario and have reduced single use plastic bag consumption in our stores by 72 per cent - exceeding the Provincial plastic bag reduction target of 50 per cent.

In 2007 through the Ontario Plastic Bag Reduction Task Group, Sobeys Ontario voluntarily committed to reduce the number of plastic bags entering the market place by 50 per cent by 2012. While progress had been made towards this target, in May of this year Sobeys, Foodland and IGA stores discontinued the practice of providing complimentary shopping bags at the check outs and introduced a five cent fee to single use plastic and paper carry-out bags in an effort to expedite waste reduction and encourage the use of reusable options.

Shifting from single use bags to reusable options not only reduces the amount of plastic entering the waste stream, but it also reduces emissions generated through the manufacturing and transportation process. To further bolster our efforts to reduce plastic bag consumption, cashiers are trained to efficiently pack groceries, offer customers the option of purchasing our re-usable bag "Green Bag for Life" and sticker larger or single items. Sobeys, Foodland, IGA and Price Chopper stores across Ontario also offer a plastic bag recycling program "Bag-to-Bag Recycling".

About Sobeys Inc.

Sobeys Inc. is a leading national grocery retailer and food distributor headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, Price Chopper and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawtons Drug Stores. Sobeys Inc. is committed to providing the most worthwhile experience for its customers, employees, franchisees, suppliers and shareholders. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at

SOURCE Sobeys Inc.

For further information: For further information: Tracy Chisholm, Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Ontario, (905) 671-5308,

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