At some Price Chopper locations, get ready to shell out cash for your shopping bags if you don't bring your own.

At the Price Chopper in Lake Placid, customers pay 5 cents per plastic bag, or for a paper bag without handles. If customers want a paper bag with handles, that's 10 cents. If customers bring their own bags or boxes, they earn a 3 cent credit for each one.

The Lake Placid store is the second Price Chopper to test this new policy - neither are in Central New York - but the change could be headed this way. It all depends on whether laws change within the state.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, management at Price Chopper is aware of statewide initiatives in New York to ban plastic bags entirely (with a few exceptions).

“I think it’s important for customers to have the time to think about and understand an issue for change to be implemented,” Ms. Golub, Price Chopper’s vice president of public relations and consumer services, said. “With more than 130 stores across six states, we are actively in dialogue with local governments, consumers and environmental advocates about this issue.”

Of course, if Governor Cuomo gets the legislation he's proposed passed in New York, plastic bags will simply be banned. The proposed plastic bag ban in New York State is was introduced with environmental concerns in mind.

Would you be willing to pay for paper bags (or plastic ones) instead of bringing your own reusable bags?


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