Bag Bank Guelph


Bag Bank Guelph

Bag Bank Guelph is a reusable bag initiative in Guelph, Ontario, to reduce the use of single-use plastics in the form of plastic grocery bags. The program involves creating “Borrow Bins” to be placed in participating stores in Guelph. Customers can borrow a Bag Bank bag, use it for their groceries, then return it to any participating location across town.

Bag Bank aims to reduce Guelph’s single-use plastic consumption and bring together community members of all ages, backgrounds, and lived experiences through hands-on volunteer work of sewing bags and running bag drives and donating extra bags to community centres in need. 

Bag Bank has been on hiatus since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently relaunching with a pilot at the Campus Co-op Bookstore. 


Examples of Bag Banks/Reusable Bag Programs

Boomerang Bags - Sew Sustainable


Lead Bag Bank Guelph 

This project needs a team of dedicated and innovative Sustainability Ambassadors to plan, organize, and re-launch Bag Bank Guelph. This team will work closely with the Sustainability Office to design a program that follows all public health guidelines set by the University of Guelph and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health.

Are you interested in volunteering for Bag Bank Guelph? Email Sam (she/her) at to discuss leading this project.