Wawa helps customers adapt as Philadelphia’s single-use plastic bag ban takes effect
WAWA, Pennsylvania. – Wawa Inc. is offering 1,000 reusable shopping bags in its Philadelphia stores before the city’s ban on single-use plastic bags. The “Skip the Bag for Good” initiative aims to ease the transition for customers.
The ban on plastic bags will come into full force on October 1 after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on small businesses, according to CBS Philly. Businesses can still offer paper bags to customers who don’t bring their own reusable bags. The city will issue warnings until April 1, 2022, before moving on to imposing fines on non-compliant companies.
In previous years, people in Philadelphia used up to 1 billion bags per year, many of which ended up on the streets and waterways.
Wawa customers will be able to get a free reusable bag with a purchase at any of the convenience store chain’s 42 Philadelphia stores. The bags will be available from 7 a.m. on October 1 while supplies last.
“We thank our customers for joining Wawa and the City of Philadelphia on our journey to ‘jump the sack for good’ as we work together to keep our community safe, quaint and sustainable,” said Becky Altemus, director of Wawa’s operations for its Philadelphia. stores. “Buying with a reusable bag is a change of habit for many people that can reduce our long-term impact on the environment, and we’re excited to do our part to support our community. “
After the contest, Wawa customers will be able to purchase a reusable bag for 25 cents. Wawa also encourages customers to bring their own bag or to dispose of bags completely.
As part of the “Skip the Bag for Good” initiative, Wawa will work to educate customers and store associates about the city’s new legislation, as well as the impact of single-use plastic bags. on the environment and the benefits of reusable bags. . As part of its long-term commitment to protecting the environment, Wawa said it will continue to take measures to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags in all stores.
Pennsylvania-based Wawa operates more than 940 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, DC