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What is Walmart doing about plastic waste?

As the world’s largest retailer and one of Canada’s largest retailers, we have the ability to effect meaningful change for people and the planet. That’s why for more than a decade, we’ve made intentional efforts to reduce our waste and to increase recycling of plastic in our operations and by customers and suppliers. For example, we offer customers reusable shopping bags and at many of our stores provide recycling bins for plastic bags and other plastic films.

In Canada, we launched the Walmart Canada Charter on Plastics in January 2019, a milestone commitment to reduce plastic waste across our operations. Some of the goals include:
Reducing check-out plastic bags by a further 50 per cent by 2025, taking approximately 1 billion check-out bags out of circulation over that period
Achieving 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for its own private brand products by 2025
Eliminating "hard-to-recycle" PVC and expanded polystyrene packaging from all its own private brand products by 2025
Targeting at least 20 per cent post-consumer recycled content in private brand packaging by 2025

We’re making progress, in the first year since launching the Charter we announced we would be removing more than 1.1 million pounds of plastic from our supply chain and met our commitment to stop selling single-use plastic straws – taking approximately 35 million single-use plastic straws out of circulation annually.

Check out our sustainability page to learn more about our waste reduction efforts.