Stop & Shop Donating $ Collected from Paper Bags to Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Customers will be charged no less than 5 cents for each paper bag at retail establishments as part of the new plastic bag ordinance -- and Stop & Shop will be donating all of the money it takes in from the paper bag fee to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. The plastic bag ordinance begins on Dec. 14, and it requires any bag provided by a retail business to a customer must be either a reusable bag, a recyclable paper bag or a compostable plastic bag. The new fee will show up on customers' receipts letting them know about it. To get into the spirit of the reusable bags, Stop & Shop is also giving away a free reusable bag on Dec.

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What You Need to Know: Boston’s Plastic Bag Ordinance Goes Into Effect on Dec. 14.

Boston is taking a big step this week to be more environmentally friendly as the city's plastic bag ordinance goes into effect on Dec. 14. The ordinance is intended to lessen the use of disposable checkout bags by retail stores. The ordinance requires any bag provided by a retail business to a customer must be either a reusable bag, a recyclable paper bag or a compostable plastic bag. The retail business that provides the bag for no less than five cents per bag will keep the the money generated by the fee.

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