Wegmans will begin eliminating plastic bags at some local stores next week

Beginning Monday, July 29th, Wegmans will stop providing plastic grocery bags at its Ithaca and Corning stores in a two-store pilot program.

In April, Wegmans announced that it would eliminate plastic bags at all its stores in New York State before the statewide ban takes effect on March 1, 2020.

Paper grocery bags will be available at the Ithaca and Corning stores, however 5 cents will be charged for each bag.  Wegmans’ says its goal is to convert all of its customers to reusable bags, eventually eliminating the need to charge.   For now, the amount collected for each bag will be donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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