Wegmans Plastic Bags Jettisons in Virginia Stores

Wegmans is bagging the use of single-use plastic grocery bags at several of its stores in Virginia in response to a local ban that goes into effect Jan. 1. Although the legislation allows retailers to continue to offer plastic bags at a price of five cents per bag, the retailer is taking the step towards a complete elimination.

Instead, customers at Wegmans stores in Fairfax, Alexandria, Tysons, and Chantilly, Va. Are encouraged to bring reusable bags. The retailer will offer more environmentally friendly paper grocery bags at a price of five cents per bag, the proceeds of which will be donated to community food banks.

This is the latest bagging change for Wegmans, which has similar approaches in other markets affected by the plastic bag ban. “We’ve always understood the need to reduce single-use grocery bags,” said Jason Wadsworth, packaging, energy and sustainability dealer for Wegmans. “By eliminating plastic bags and adding an extra for each paper bag, our hope is to encourage the adoption of reusable bags, an approach that has proven successful for us in New York State and in New York. Richmond. “

The move aligns with Wegmans’ company-wide sustainability efforts that focus on sustainable packaging, eliminating waste and reducing the carbon footprint. The company first introduced reusable bags in 2007 and has regularly worked to educate consumers about the benefits of these bags.

Family owned Wegman operates 106 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts. The Rochester, NY-based company is # 35 on the PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the best food and consumables retailers in North America.

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