Local stores react to possible plastic bag ban

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Paper or plastic?

That may not be question anymore for shoppers in New York State. Local stores Hart’s Local Grocers and Hegedorn’s Market are on board with a plastic bag ban- for environmental reasons.

Even now, to help people steer clear of plastic, Hegedorn’s encourages customers to bring plastic bags back to be recycled. Store manager Scott Herrmann said the number of bags that go out far outweight the number that come back in.

“There is a great number of bags going out there and you know they’re going in the landfills so it could help the bottom line for how many plastic bags are being used out there in the market,” Herrmann said.

But there is a financial consideration in all of this. If stores have to go from buying both plastic and paper to only paper, they will face a serious cost difference. Plastic bags only cost two and a half cents per bad, whereas paper bags cost between seven to ten cents per bag. Herrmann said he knows they will have to offset costs somewhere, but it is too early to know where the rest of the money will come from.

One thing some stores are already doing to try to guide customers away from plastic, and even paper, bags is by offering their own version of a reusable bag and giving a discount to customers who use it to bag their groceries.

We also reached out to Wegmans who declined an interview at this time but Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, provided us with the following statement:

“We are not going to comment until we have the chance to thoroughly review the details of the Governor’s proposal to understand its scope and impact.”

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