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Wegmans installing pilot program eliminating plastic bags in two New York locations

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 23, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In order to get ahead of the plastic bag ban statewide, Wegmans will eliminate plastic bags in two New York locations by the end of the month.

On Monday, July 29th, plastic bags will be removed from its stores in Ithaca and Corning.

Wegmans announced in April it planned on eliminating plastic bags for all New York locations, prior to the state's ban taking effect on March 1st, 2020.

The goal is to get shoppers to bring reusable bags, as the store will charge five cents for every paper bag used.

Wegmans will donate money made from issuing paper bags to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

According to a recent survey, Wegmans says 95 percent of its customers own at least one reusable bag, while 87 percent have three or more.

While shifting from plastic bags to paper bags has some positive environmental impact, having reusable bags reduces the amount of single-use bags which reduces your carbon footprint.