Co-op will charge for paper bags

By April 13, 2011

Beginning Friday, April 22, the Davis Food Co-op will be charging 5¢ for each large handled paper bag used at check-out.

All monies collected for paper bags will be donated to Tree Davis. The Co-op will continue to offer a 5¢ credit for each reusable bag shoppers bring in and use to pack their groceries. To assist shoppers with this transition, the Co-op will provide a free reusable bag to every shopper on Earth Day, April 22, and again for every grocery purchase totaling $40 or more from April 23 through May 31.

The store, located at 620 G St., made the decision to begin charging for disposable bags in an effort to reduce its consumption of disposable paper bags by 85 percent by Earth Day 2012.

“Each week, DFC gives away 4,500 bags: 642 per day or 233,688 per year,” noted DFC General Manager Eric Stromberg. “A 15-year-old tree, made into paper grocery bags, yields about 700 bags. So, about one tree per day dies for our shoppers’ convenience.” Other co-ops and independent grocers nationwide have reported that implementing a fee for disposable bags has yielded measurable reductions in disposable bag consumption.

For more information, call the Co-op at (530) 758-2667.

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