Ferraro Foods in Trail and Rossland is moving away from plastic, starting at the tills. (Guy Bertrand photo)

Kootenay grocer eliminates plastic bags at checkout

Only compostable and recycled trays are now used in the Ferraro Foods meat department

The old “paper or plastic” question at grocery checkouts disappeared into simply “plastic” many years ago.

Now that Ferraro Foods in Trail and Rossland have cut ties to plastic bags, however, the question in the two stores has become “paper” or “box.”

Over the past few weeks, both locales have depleted their stock of the white plastic bags that were being used to pack out groceries. That means shoppers who forget to bring their own bags, have the option of carrying out groceries in a brown paper bag for 10 cents a piece, or they can opt for a cardboard box at no cost.

“The City of Rossland spearheaded it last year (plastic bag ban),” says David Ferraro. “And we have more and more customers talking to us about this and wanting it. So if that’s what the people want, then we are going to do it,” he said.

“We believe it’s the right thing to do, right now.”

Read more: Rossland passes plastic bag ban

Read more: Trail brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Another change shoppers may have noticed several weeks ago is that Ferraro Foods no longer uses Styrofoam in its meat department. Depending upon the amount of protein packaged, the trays are now either compostable paper or clear recyclable plastic.

“We would like all of our trays to be compostable,” Ferraro said. “The problem is our wrapping machine, the bigger ones don’t work properly. So until they perfect them, it will be a work in progress to get there.”

The next aisles that will see a more eco-friendly makeover – with compostable bags – will be the Ferraro Foods produce department and bakery.

“This will happen in the next month as we deplete our stocks,” explained Ferraro. “We believe our customers are very environmentally conscious so we are giving them the options to be environmentally conscious. “

The stores will also be bringing in collapsible boxes as a re-usable alternative, and they will continue to offer the 99 cent Ferraro Foods cloth bags, which have been available for years.

For those who forget to bring their own bags, the Trail store may soon follow suit with what Rossland does, by using the honour system and offering a bin of reusable bags at no charge. The expectation is for the shopper to return it on their next visit.

“These alternatives are to move away from plastic,” said Ferraro. “And so far, they’ve all been really well received.”

In addition to Ferraro Foods, grocery store chains in Trail have long offered customers reusable bags for a nominal fee, though they continue to have plastic bags at the till.

Kurtis’ No Frills sells “Hauler” bags and more recently, bright yellow “Hauler” bins.

The store still provides plastic bags for 5 cents a piece, though there may soon be the alternative of paper.

“I know there is talk above our head here, within the corporation, that they are planning on going plastic-less,” Store Associate Colton Crockett told the Trail Times.

Canada Safeway in East Trail continues to offer cloth bags and no-cost plastic bags at the till.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

West Kootenay Fishing Report: Rainbow trout fishing picks up on Kootenay Lake

Cooler temperatures translate into great trout fishing on West Kootenay rivers and lakes

Christmas Kettle campaign starts Friday in Trail

Bell ringers needed; contact Trail Salvation Army Church to sign up

Ban fireworks in Rossland, urges community activist

Noise, pollution from pyrotechnics harmful to humans, wildlife

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email it (large or actual) to editor@trailtimes.ca

Columbia River Treaty: ‘It is going to get tough’

B.C. negotiator tells Nelson meeting that talks are cordial, so far

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

BC Ferries’ two new hybrid vessels set sail for B.C. from Romania

Two Island Class ferries to be in use by 2020

Distracted driving tickets not for ICBC revenue, B.C. minister says

Minister Mike Farnworth calls SenseBC analysis ‘nonsense’

CN Rail strike and lack of trucking alternatives stoke forest industry fears

Companies calling on the federal government to ‘do everything in its power’ to end the strike

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveils new Liberal cabinet

Pivotal role in his new cabinet for a minority-government era goes to Chrystia Freeland

B.C. mom, kids on bike turned away from Tim Hortons drive-thru

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

B.C. woman puts call out for 10,000 personal, heartfelt Christmas cards for the homeless

Christmas Card Collective enters into third year of making spirits bright

Most Read