Two Richmond-area Wegmans stores to eliminate plastic bags

Two Richmond-area Wegmans stores to eliminate plastic bags

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Two Richmond-area Wegmans will soon get rid of single-use plastic grocery bags.

Starting Oct. 21, plastic shopping bags will be removed from the Wegmans locations in Midlothian and Short Pump.

“We’ve made the decision as a company to eliminate single use plastic bags in our stores," said Midlothian store manager Jerry Shelly.

Customers will still have the option of using paper bags, but it will cost five cents per bag, which will go towards a good cause:

“All of that money is donated to Feed More in our community, so we’re still going to give that back. It’s not a business decision to make profit,” Shelly said.

The Midlothian location has signs around the store to remind customers that it will no longer use plastic bags.
The Midlothian location has signs around the store to remind customers that it will no longer use plastic bags. (Source: WWBT/NBC12)

Wegmans currently sells a reusable bags, and plan to launch more in different sizes.

“I just was throwing away the paper bags and the plastic bags that I was taking home, and that did seem like quite a waste. I kept saying that I was going to reuse them, and I didn’t end up reusing them," said Christine Payne, a customer in support of the change.

The supermarket chain says of customers that were surveyed, 90% saw plastic bags as a detriment to the environment.

“You hear about it all the time of plastic in the landfills, and what’s the footprint going to look like for our children and our grandchildren. Wegmans has always been a kind of company that thinks about the people in the community first, before we worry about the other stuff,” added Shelly.

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