Paper bags coming soon to BC Liquor Stores

Liquor stores ditch plastic

The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will start phasing out plastic bags at its 197 BC Liquor Stores later this month.

The approximately 22 million plastic bags provided annually often wind up in landfills, if not in public spaces or in waterways.

Richmond-based Bulldog Bag Ltd. will supply the government, and the stores will charge 10 cents per bag to cover costs.

“The rollout of the bags will begin on Vancouver Island at the end of November, before moving to Metro Vancouver in February, and the rest of the province in early March,” Minister David Eby said.

Government liquor stores already provide paper bags in Victoria, where there was temporarily a ban on plastic bags under a city bylaw. The BC Court of Appeal struck down Victoria’s bylaw in July because it ruled that the city required provincial approval.

BC Liquor Stores locations in the area, however, have continued to act as though the ban is in place. 

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