Walmart Canada will soon begin charging its customers five cents each for plastic bags.
The company announced the move on Monday as part of its strategy for cutting the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills.
The change will officially come into effect beginning on Feb. 9.
Walmart spokesman Alex Roberton said the company is hoping to ultimately do away with plastic bags altogether.
“Best case scenario for us would be that we don’t sell a single five cent bag because ultimately we want all our customers to transition to reusable bags,” said Walmart spokesman Alex Roberton. “Which is why we’re going to offer them at the discount rate of 25 cents.”
The company said that the introduction of a small fee in other countries has helped Walmart to reduce the number of plastic bags by more than half.
Walmart says some of the proceeds from the new charge will go toward supporting recycling initiatives for grocery bags and other thin plastic objects.
The company said it’s also going to improve in-store recycling and collection programs and work with suppliers to find ways of removing plastic from its packaging.
Walmart Canada has 397 stores and serves more than 1.2 million customers per day.