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Short Pump Kroger eliminating single-use plastic bags today, other stores to follow

The plans to eliminate plastic bags in Kroger stores in the Richmond area have been in the works since 2018.

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Today, the first Kroger store in the Richmond area will eliminate single-use plastic bags. Customers at the Kroger Short Pump store, located at 11895 W. Broad St., will have the option to bring a bag, purchase a reusable plastic bag for 10 cents, or purchase a reusable tote for 99 cents. Proceeds from the sale of reusable bags will be donated to the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation.

In 2018, Kroger announced plans to phase out single-use plastic bags in Richmond stores and transition to reusable bags by 2025. The change is one that is being implemented across the Kroger family of stores as a part of the grocer’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, which strives to create communities free of hunger and waste.

“We thank our customers for partnering with us today to make a difference tomorrow,” said James Menees, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We know taking this step to reduce waste will help protect our planet for future generations.”

Kroger has 18 total stores in the Richmond area. Kroger’s 17 other Richmond locations will eliminate single-use plastic bags by 2025.

To learn more about Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative and the phaseout of single-use plastic bags, click here.

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