Wegmans to go plastic-bag free in NY ahead of state ban

ALBANY, N.Y. — Wegmans plans to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags in New York by year’s end — just before a state ban takes effect.

The Rochester, New York-based grocery chain announced the move on Monday along with steps to reduce the usage of bags, straws and other plastic items at its stores in other states.

New York will join California and Hawaii when its ban on plastic grocery bags takes effect in March. Under the law, local counties will have the option of imposing a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, touted the ban he helped pass during a speech on Long Island.

He said going without plastic bags will be a “minor inconvenience” compared to the devastating impact of plastic pollution.

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