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Source: Bellmore Patch

Local Grocers Graded on Reusable Bag Policies

Stop & Shop receives an A+, while King Kullen gets an F.

BY JAIME SUMERSILLE

Posted: August 9, 2010
Originally Published: August 9, 2010

On Thursday, Citizens Campaign for the Environment released their B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bag): Reusable Bag Policies at Long Island Grocery Stores report. The CCE staff analyzed and evaluated reusable bag policies of 14 Long Island grocery store chains.

"The report highlights grocery stores that are engaging in positive efforts to incentivize consumers to use reusable bags, which are better for our environment," said Maureen Dolan Murphy, executive programs manager at the Farmingdale-based CCE." Our goal is for the public to become more educated on these dangers and make the necessary switch to sturdy, reusable bags."

Stores with chains in Bellmore such as Stop & Shop, which received an A+, and King Kullen, which received a F, were included in this report.

"King Kullen encourages all customers to recycle their plastic bags by bringing them right back to the store and depositing them in the recycling bins," Thomas Cullen, vice presient of King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. said in response to the report. We also hope King Kullen shoppers will purchase the reusable bags we've made available at every store — but that is the customer's decision. We believe in offering a choice."

According to the report, Stop & Shop was the only store that had extensive signage in parking lots and outside stores to remind shoppers to grab their bags from their car. They were also recognized for offering of a five cent credit per reusable bag customers use at checkout lines.

"The Citizens Campaign for the Environment has raised the important issue about the responsibility that retailers have in helping our customers protect the environment. Stop &Shop has long taken a proactive approach to working with federal, state and local officials to support efforts that will make a real difference in this area," said Faith Weiner, Stop & Shop director of public affairs. "In addition to the industry leading program regarding reusable bags highlighted by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment report Stop & Shop also takes great pride in the other programs we have instituted to protect our precious natural resources."

Stop & Shop at the corner of Newbridge Road and Jerusalem Avenue is currently closed for renovations. Workers said on Friday that the store would be reopening by Aug. 20.