Plastic bags are carried out of Hegedorns Market by most of its customers. According to store manager Scott Herman, the store goes through about one million plastic bags each year.
“It’s just an easier bag with handles to grab and go, and the customers are just used to it because almost all retailers have plastic bags,” Herman said.
As part of the 2019 Executive Budget, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a ban on single-use plastic bags.
Herman said, if this happens, the store will figure out a way to adjust.
“From an environmental standpoint, it does make sense. It does add a cost to the business,” said Herman. “But, again, we’ll try to find new ways of innovating to try and stay ahead of the curve.”
It costs Herman about two cents per plastic bag, compared to about 10 cents for a paper bag.
“I don’t think we’d ever just charge for a bag. It would have to be somebody else that would have to lead the charge in that category,” said Herman.
Wegmans has more than three-dozen stores in the state. The company opposed Governor Cuomo’s 2018 plan to ban plastic bags.
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