As part of Big Y Foods’ recent announcement to phase out of single-use plastic bags at checkouts, Big Y Express Gas and Convenience locations will be the first division in the 80 store company to eliminate these bags as of April 22. Currently, Big Y Express in Lee, Massachusetts, is the only gas and convenience location without these bags as part of that town’s ordinance. Now, the other eight locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut will join in this pursuit just in time for Earth Day.
Big Y has been complying with single-use plastic bag bans in five of its local communities in Massachusetts (Amherst, Great Barrington, Lee, Northampton and South Hadley) since 2014. The company also issued a pledge in January to eliminate all single use plastic bags at their checkouts in 2020. The elimination of these bags at their Express locations is the first phase of the implementation for this pledge.
There are several more towns with bans pending such as Longmeadow and West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mansfield, Connecticut. In addition, the legislatures of both Massachusetts and Connecticut are discussing statewide bans on single-use plastic bags.
Richard D. Bossie, Big Y’s SVP of operations and customer experience, acknowledged this team for their enthusiasm. “Congratulations to our Express division for taking the lead in eliminating single use plastic bags in their stores. Their commitment to our overall initiative will be a great example for the remainder of our stores to follow.”
Big Y recognizes its responsibility to cut down on unnecessary plastic waste that contributes to litter, harms the environment and can endanger wildlife. Currently, Big Y uses 100 million plastic bags and 3.5 million paper bags at its checkouts each year.
Big Y Foods, an independently owned supermarket chain, operates 80 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including 70 supermarkets; 40 pharmacies; Fresh Acres Market; Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors; and nine Big Y Express gas and convenience locations. It has more than 11,000 employees.