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Source: Rockville Centre Patch

King Kullen Gets Failing Grade

Local nonprofit issues report on reusable bag practices; King Kullen among worst in study.

BY ANTHONY BOTTAN

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

A Long Island nonprofit group recently released a report grading local supermarkets like Stop & Shop, Wild by Nature, Waldbaums and King Kullen on their reusable bag practices and policies.

In the report released Thursday, Citizens Campaign for the Environment gave Waldbaums a B-plus grade, but gave King Kullen an F.
Both supermarket chains have locations in Rockville Centre.

King Kullen, which is on Sunrise Highway in the village, sells reusable bags and provides plastic bag recycling bins, but does not offer a credit when customers reuse shopping bags.

King Kullen officials responded to the report in a statement released Thursday.

"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," said King Kullen Vice President Thomas Cullen. "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."

The report assessed supermarkets on nine criteria, including availability and cost of reusable shopping bags, signage in stores, windows and parking lots, discounts for reusing bags, cashier training, and willingness to participate in the consumer study.

"Grocery stores have helped create the problem of disposable bags and now we need them to help solve this problem," said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "We hope all stores use this report as an opportunity to implement policies that encourage consumers to make the switch to reusable bags."

Laura Martingano, a Rockville Centre resident who shops at King Kullen, said she was indifferent on the report's findings. "I bring my own bags to the supermarket," Martingano explained. "But supermarkets need to be more environmentally conscious."