Metro grocery stores in Quebec will give customers the option to use their own reusable containers and zipper bags to purchase fresh products in stores across the province.
Starting April 22, the chain will allow its customers to bring their own containers and/or sealable bags to use on deli meats, fish, and pastries, according to the Metro Inc. press release.
Metro Inc. wants to reduce the amount of single-use packaging it sells.
“We want to reduce the use of single-use plastic packaging. This is why we implemented a simple structure for customers to bring their own containers from home without having to compromise the quality or safety of the products they purchase in our stores,” said Marc Giroux, Metro’s senior vice president.
Some products will be weighed before shoppers can place them in their containers while others, like ready-made meals, can be scooped in directly. A label will be given to the container before checkout.
Metro Inc. will also start selling containers in store, available for use, but must be washed before being used.
Glass containers will not be accepted due to handling risks.
Brand-name foods that contain an associated barcode will be exempt from the new project to avoid confusion at checkout.
The new policy proved worthy after a pilot project in three Quebec cities, Drummondville, Saint-Eustache, and L’Ancienne-Lorette were deemed successful.
The reusable containers are not yet available at the Super C grocery stores, also owned by Metro.