Big Y Foods Inc. announced it will eliminate single-use plastic bags at the checkouts of its more than 80 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut on Aug. 1.
The stores will offer discounts on reusable bags through the month of August as customers transition away from plastic, according to the company.
“For those shoppers who do not bring their own shopping bags beginning in August, a 10-cent charge per paper bag will be added to their bill,” the company said. “This fee is in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags instead of paper, which also cause harm to the environment.”
Big Y has been complying with single-use plastic bag bans in several Massachusetts communities since 2014. Amid recent changes to laws in various towns across New England, Big Y has moved up its 2020 timeline to eliminate single-use plastic at checkouts in all of its locations “to streamline operations and to do its part to support sustainability,” the company said.
“At Big Y, beyond providing great quality, great prices and great customer service, we also try to be smart about the resources and energy we use,” said Richard D. Bossie, Big Y senior vice president of operations and customer experience. “By working with our shoppers, we can further reduce consumption to make a difference in and around the tight-knit communities that we serve across New England.”