Wegmans getting a head start on the plastic bag ban with exchange

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(WYSR-TV) — Wegmans hosted a plastic bag exchange Saturday afternoon, where customers traded single-use plastic bags for a reusable one. It’s a head start for the grocery chain on phasing out plastic bags in New York State. The new ban goes into effect by next March, but you won’t see the bags at Wegmans after the end of this year.

“Totally agree with it. plastic is clogging everything in this country,” said Jim Christenson, a Canastota resident. 

People like Christenson have already made a habbit of going green. He even walks around his neighborhood cleaning up.

“I carry two garbage bags, one for recycleables and one for trash and I usually fill those 15 gallon bags every trip, every day,” Christenson said.

For some, the changing law may not have much of an impact. But others will need to adjust the way they shop, and this drive is helping out.

“I think it’s a good idea to ease people into it so you can pilot it and get people used to it,” said \Nate Scranton of Syracuse.

New York is the third state to completely ban plastic bags, following Hawaii and California. Under the law, local governments can choose to charge people five cents per plastic bag.

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