ANOTHER city is fundamentally changing how shoppers bring their groceries home.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has delayed the single-use plastic bag line until October.
The ban was originally set to begin next month, but officials wanted to give companies more time to prepare, according to a press release.
“This additional time will allow us to do the work to be able to enact this policy with proper guidance for everyone to make this as smooth as possible for all of us,” Mayor Ed Gainey said.
The city’s ban begins Oct. 14, and stores must post visible notices of the change 90 days beforehand.
The Department of Public Works distributes a list of distributors to companies to help them find compliant paper and reusable bags.
Customers have to pay 10 cents if they don’t bring their own bags.
However, stores that accept food aid services such as SNAP or WIC can waive this fee.
Despite the extra preparation time, city officials are encouraging businesses to go plastic-free before the deadline.
MORE ABOUT PLASTIC BANS
Shoppers are seeing more and more stores giving up plastic bags due to single-use plastic bans.
Over 30,000 Americans have been hit by surcharges after Radnor Township, Pennsylvania implemented a ban.
The rule applies to grocery stores, convenience stores and restaurants.
To a greater extent, the following states have also banned bags:
Some retailers also took responsibility and banned the bags in their own stores before legislation was passed.
Kroger announced that it would eliminate single-use plastic bags entirely by 2025.
“It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Walmart stores in Colorado, New York and Connecticut will also no longer offer single-use plastic or paper bags to shoppers.
The company said more than 100 stores would get rid of the bags and sell reusable bags.
Kroger buyers were outraged after a surprise surcharge on their receipts.
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