Canadian Retailer - May/June 2009 - (Page 15)

RC C M E M B E R I S S U E S Where green never goes out of style Despite tougher times, retailers — and the association representing them — are not ignoring their commitments to a more sustainable future. by r ac h e l k aga n LEGEND Beverage Containers Consumer Packaging Electronics HHW Hazardous Waste Paints/Solvents Tires Y U KO N NEWFOUNDL AND AND LABRADOR NORTHWEST TERRITORIES N U N AV U T Used Oils BRITISH COLUMBIA A L B E R TA S A S K AT C H E WA N QUÉBEC HHW HHW MANITOBA O N TA R I O HHW PRINCE E D WA R D ISLAND NEW BRUNSWICK N O VA S C O T I A D O I N G T H E I R PA R T: This map provides a breakdown of recycling programs across Canada, including provincially regulated programs, non-regulated voluntary programs and programs currently under development, in which retailers participate. S O U R C E S : P R O V I N C I A L M I N I S T R I E S A N D D E PA R T M E N T S O F E N V I R O N M E N T, E N V I R O N M E N T C A N A D A , C A N A D I A N A S S O C I AT I O N O F T I R E R E CYC L I N G AG E N C I E S A N D U S E D O I L M A N AG E M E N T A S S O C I AT I O N . “Business is recognizing the role it can play in combating climate change. Thank God, is all I can say, for there is a desperately urgent need for business to play that role.” HRH Prince Charles I n recent years, the act of instituting responsible environmental policies and practices has shifted from being considered a trend to becoming a critical component to running your retail operation. Consumers expect it. Governments legislate it. Media report on it. It’s a fact: going green is here to stay. Of course, it’s easy for retailers to lose sight of that, given the current economic picture and the emphasis being placed on finding more operational efficiencies and better managing inventory, to name just two survival tactics. Still, even during these economic times retailers of all sizes continued on 16 New City of Toronto plastic bag bylaw takes effect Retailers take note: Failure to comply could result in financial penalties On June 1, 2009, a new bylaw will require that all stores in Toronto must charge a minimum of 5 cents for each single-use plastic shopping bag that a customer requests. In addition, at least one sign must be posted in a visible location in each store to let customers know about the new city-mandated charge (signage is available free of charge from the city if you are a Toronto retailer and you do not yet have one). The charge must also be recorded on the sales receipt, if one is issued. Beginning June 1, 2010, bags that are incompatible with the city’s Blue Box recycling program will be banned from distribution and use. These include bags with metal detailing or grommets, rope or hard plastic handles, as well as biodegradable and compostable plastic bags. There are five possible offences under the new bylaw that could result in a monetary fine. Retailers can be charged if they: • do not charge the mandated fee for plastic bags • do not display the appropriate in-store signage • do not indicate the fee on the sales receipt • do not accept a customer’s reusable bag/bin • distribute non-compatible bags after June 1, 2010 The purpose of the new bylaw, the first of its kind in Canada, is to reduce the volume of plastic bags, encourage the use of reusable options and promote recycling of plastic bags when no longer usable. For additional information, retailers with operations in Toronto are encouraged to visit packaging_reduction.htm or www.retailcouncil. org/advocacy/environment. | M AY/J U N E 2 0 0 9 | C A N A D I A N R E TA I L E R | 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - May/June 2009

Canadian Retailer - May/June 2009
Publisher's Desk
Shop Talk
Come Together
Where Green Never Goes Out of Style
Practising What They Preach
When Times are Tough
How the West was Wowed
In Pursuit of a Well-Dressed West
Sporting a Bold New Look
Bigger and Better
Back to the Future
Revved for Success
The Questions Retailers Ask
Signs of the Times
Advertisers' Index
You Asked Us

Canadian Retailer - May/June 2009