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Wegmans makes switch from plastic to reusable bags

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- After New York State moved to ban single-use plastics by March 1, Wegmans is getting ahead by getting rid of plastic bags, and making the switch to reusable and paper bags.

Reusable bags at Wegmans will now cost 99 cents, but if you forget your bag at home, they will also have paper bags for five cents each. For shoppers, making the change hasn't been too hard.

"You may as well buy it once, keep using it, you can use it for years," said KC Ellis, a local resident and longtime user of reusable bags.

For some customers, a sturdy reusable bag will be a nice change to thin, flimsy, single-use bags.

"I walk up the stairs and they fall out, I don't have a big income to begin with. Then, all my glass stuff is all over, so I have to lean up, and I'm out until the next pay day," said Jane Carley, a resident of Binghamton.

While there will be associated costs with the change, customers say it's worth getting rid of the plastic to help the environment.

"We know that plastic is ending up in the ocean, and we know that it's killing animals in the sea. We know that it's not going away any time soon, but we don't need to make it worse," said Ellis.

Proceeds from purchasing paper bags will benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Katie Jones

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