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Big Y Says It Will Eliminate Plastic Bag Use In 2020

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A New England supermarket chain says it’s the first company of its kind to ban single use plastic bags at checkout.

Big Y announced Tuesday that it intends to shift to entirely reusable bags in 2020. It estimated that the 70-location chain uses 100 million plastic bags a year. Claire D’Amour-Daley, Big Y’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, says it’s part of a larger company push toward sustainability. Some kinds of bags will remain in use.

“If you’re buying chicken, we still have a bag for that, a thin plastic bag. Seafood, etcetera," she told WAMC. "Those are sanitation purposes for health and safety, and we will still have those bags until we can find something better.”

The company says it’s in compliance with local bag bans in Massachusetts, citing Adams, Amherst, Great Barrington, Lee, Northampton, and South Hadley.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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