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Source: WCBS New York

Westchester Supermarkets Getting High Marks For Helping Environment


Posted: June 28, 2011
Originally Published: June 28, 2011

WHITE PLAINS, NY (WCBS 880) - When it comes to BYOB – bring your own bags – the Citizens Campaign for the Environment says some Westchester County grocery stores are helping out the cause.

“At the top of our report card, we have Stop & Shop with an A+ and Whole Foods with an A+,” says executive director Adrienne Esposito. “Whole Foods will give 10 cents per reusable bag and Stop & Shop will give a nickel. Stop & Shop also has large signage reminding customers to use their bags.”

She says others, like Walmart and A&P aren’t doing their part to offer customers financial incentives to bring their own bags and not reminding customers to bring their bags into the store.

Esposito says it has to be a group effort.

“Frankly, stores cause the problem and now they need to help stop the problem,” she says.

Meanwhile calls to Walmart and A&P were not returned.

Their report also commended ShopRite, saying it “has a creative incentive for bringing your own bag – offering a 5 cent rebate for a reusable bag and a 2 cent rebate for reusing a plastic bag.”

Listen to the full story on the CBS New York website.