Retailers Finding Ways to Cut Down on Bag Waste

SAN FRANCISCO Plastic grocery bags represent one of the supermarket industry's biggest contributions to environmental waste, but the industry is beginning to make progress in reducing the number of bags leaving its stores and in recycling those that do. The bag problem is not trivial. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States

SAN FRANCISCO — Plastic grocery bags represent one of the supermarket industry's biggest contributions to environmental waste, but the industry is beginning to make progress in reducing the number of bags leaving its stores — and in recycling those that do.

The bag problem is not trivial. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year, approximately 100 billion as plastic grocery bags. Not only do plastic

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