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Wegmans to go plastic-bag free in NY ahead of state ban

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April 22, 2019 01:23 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WHEC) — Wegmans plans to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags in New York by year's end - just before a state ban takes effect.

The Gates-based grocery chain announced the move on Monday along with steps to reduce the usage of bags, straws and other plastic items at its stores in other states.

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Wegmans will eliminate some current plastic packaging, and replace it with packaging from plant-based renewable fiber material. The grocer will continue to work with the Center for Sustainable Packaging at RIT to discover new opportunities for packaging. 

New York will join California and Hawaii when its ban on plastic grocery bags takes effect in March. Under the law, local counties will have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, touted the ban he helped pass during a speech on Long Island.

This story will be updated. Check back for updates.   

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