Goodwill moves away from plastic bags

Goodwill moves away from plastic bags

Goodwill stores in Henrietta and Macedon, Wayne County, stopped using disposable plastic bags for purchases on Monday, and the chain of thrift stores intends to end plastic bag usage at all Rochester and Syracuse-area stores before the statewide ban goes into effect March. 1.

During this pilot period for the Henrietta and Macedon stores, workers are encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable shopping bags, or buy reusable bags made from recycled materials for 99 cents.

“Goodwill is piloting this new reusable bags program to give our shoppers time to transition into the habit of bringing their own bags shopping with them,” says Jennifer Lake, president of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

Lake said eliminating plastic bags go hand-in-hand with Goodwill’s commitment to divert 25 million of pounds of waste from local landfills each year.

“Goodwill was a pioneer of the sustainability movement, and we are determined to carry on that legacy by encouraging our shoppers to switch to reusable bags,” she said. “They are the best solution to solve the problem of single-use plastic shopping bags.”

Goodwill opted not to move to paper bags because of the environmental costs associated with them, too, Lake said.

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