THE popular grocery chain Stop & Shop has added an additional 10 cents for paper bags at checkout after the retailer pledged to get rid of plastic.
Stop & Shop announced that it is eliminating plastic bags from all its locations by July 2023.
The retailer will charge shoppers for paper bags if they choose to use them at checkout.
The paper bags will cost 10 cents each and the fee will be taxable, according to a company spokesperson.
However, customers can opt for reusable bags, which will be for sale in stores starting at 10 cents, the spokesperson said.
Stop & Shop has over 400 stores in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey.
The retailer is owned by a Dutch company called Ahold Delhaize, which also operates grocery stores like Food Lion, Giant, and Hannaford.
A Hannaford representative told WCVB that the chain does “have an ambition to eliminate single-use bags in all our Massachusetts stores in the near future.”
Other major retailers have also made some headway in the removal of plastic bags.
In April, Walmart banned plastic bags in Delaware, Oregon, Washington, DC, and Washington state.
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Before that, the superstore got rid of single-use bags in six other states – Colorado, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maine, and Vermont.
Without bags offered at checkout, some Walmart locations have apparently started to sell black containers to carry your groceries in.
A TikTok video made by Travel Life Mama brought this update to shoppers’ attention.
“Walmarts selling their baskets for almost 7 bucks now that they are not allowed to have plastic bags,” the creator wrote in on-screen text.
Behind the words was a picture of the containers stacked on top of each other.
The creator asked viewers: “Would you buy one?”
TikTok viewers were split on how they felt about the baskets as some liked the idea while others weren’t onboard and even made jokes out of it.
“No more plastic bags so here’s this plastic tote instead,” one viewer sneered.
Another said: “No. I will just strap the shopping cart to my car and unload it at home.”
However, one viewer said that they would “invest” in the basket, pointing out the inconvenience they have without the container.
“I always go shopping for more than I can carry but not enough for a cart, then there’s never any baskets,” they said.
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