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Change of plans: Kroger will keep using plastic bags in Cincinnati until 2022

The grocer added it continues to encourage customers to use their reusable bags.
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Kroger announced it will provide special "Thank You Pay" to hourly frontline, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates.(Kroger)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 10:03 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (Enquirer) - In a reversal, Kroger is delaying banning single-use plastic bags in Cincinnati stores until 2022, according to our media partners at the Enquirer.

The move is an abrupt about-face for Kroger, which had been warning customers at 10 stores within the city limits of its hometown that it would drop the plastic dags on June 1.

“We look forward to continue working with the city as we take a meaningful step forward in creating a community free from waste, and we are prepared to comply with the bag ban in January 2022,” Kroger said in a statement released to The Enquirer.

The company alluded to an Ohio law enacted last year that banned local bans, but did not explicitly say the law prompted a change of its plans. The company added the city wouldn’t enforce its municipal rule until January despite previous moves to implement it this year.

“In compliance with Governor DeWine’s short-term ban on single-use plastic bag bans, we understand the City of Cincinnati will begin enforcing its single-use plastic bag ban in January 2022,” Kroger said.

The grocer added it continues to encourage customers to use their reusable bags when they visit stores as well as recycle plastic bags.

Kroger said it remained committed with a 2018 pledge to scrap single-use plastic bags by 2025.

Besides Kroger stores, the grocer operates several regional supermarket chains in 35 states, including Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Ralphs, Mariano’s, Fry’s, Smith’s, King Soopers, QFC and others. The company has nearly 2,800 stores and employs nearly 500,000 workers.

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