Retailers have embraced the change, according to Jim Cormier, Atlantic director for the Retail Council of Canada. Businesses were given a year to prepare for the change and use up their stock of plastic bags.
“It’s been seamless,” said Cormier.
“It’s a good example of what can happen if government actually takes the time to consult, but also takes the time to give some lead time before implementing one of their initiatives.”
Cormier said many retailers had already started moving away from single-use plastic bags, and customers have gotten on board.
“For the most part they’ve heard nothing but good things from the general public,” said Cormier.