Walmart has announced it will ban plastic and paper bags in its stores across Connecticut, impacting millions of shoppers.
The policy, previously branded “crazy” by bewildered customers, will go into effect Wednesday.
A company spokesperson told WVIT that the change is part of an effort to eliminate waste.
Bosses encourage customers to use reusable bags, containers, or boxes to shop and collect items.
But Walmart shoppers are furious about the upcoming policy change.
Corrie Hoyt told WJAR:
“They are paper. I don’t quite understand why they would remove them.”
But Lisbon store manager Mike Lombardi believes customers will adapt to the new changes.
The action comes after state laws banning plastic bags went into effect in July 2021.
According to Connecticut Insider, shoppers used to have to pay 10 cents for single-use plastic bags.
Plastic bags are also prohibited in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, and Vermont.
Canadian stores are also staying away from plastic.
Larry Grant told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: You can accumulate between 40 and 50 in a month. “
He estimates he collected a whopping 300 bags in six months.
Walmart stopped providing plastic bags to customers shopping at its Colorado stores starting January 1.
Shoppers can choose to use a carrier stored at home or purchase a reusable bag for up to $4.
A recently enacted state law required retailers to charge 10 cents per bag, but Walmart went one step further with a ban.
A total of 6 cents is sent to the city or county for each carrier. The remaining 4 cents go to the store.
Colorado officials have announced that a ban on single-use plastics will go into effect on January 1, 2024.
Walmart is already phasing out plastic bags in stores in Vermont, Maine and New Jersey.
Paper bags, on the other hand, will not be sold at Walmart stores across New York.
The move is part of Walmart’s “Beyond the Bag” program.
In 2020, management said:
“With funding from Walmart, Target and CVS Health, this three-year initiative is led by Closed Loop Partners to identify viable design solutions and models that more sustainably serve today’s retail bag objectives. , testing and implementing.”