The statewide ban on plastic bags doesn’t go into effect until March, but as of Monday Wegmans is no longer using plastic bags at checkout.
News10NBC spoke with some shoppers. The majority of them told us they’re OK with Wegmans eliminating single-use plastic bags.
“I wish they would ban them in the produce section, the meat section, the bulk section and every place else,” Dee Davis said. “I think they’re doing what they can but they could do a lot more and I’m looking forward to them doing that.”
Some shoppers said remembering to bring reusable bags will be a chore until it becomes second nature, but overall, it’s not a big deal.
“The reusable bags are not recyclable so my question is when these break, which I’ve had some break only after a week, what then do you do with them?” Kristina Niemiec said.
There are paper bags available at checkout for a five-cent fee, although Monroe County chose not to mandate a paper bag fee, Wegmans decided to charge five cents per paper bag and donate that money to local food banks.
The statewide ban takes effect on March 1. However, like Wegmans, other stores may eliminate plastic bags before then.