Don’t forget your reusable bag when grocery shopping today

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — This is it—April 15—the day many in the community have been dreading. No, not Tax Day. Today begins the official plastic bag ban for large retailers.

And, perhaps no shopper is dreading this day, honestly. There have been numerous opportunities to obtain free reusable shopping bags. Retailers as well seem to be taking the new ordinance in stride. Jackson Hole Grocer and Lucky’s are two grocers who have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing waste and practicing sustainability.

Smiths also had already announced a nationwide policy to phase out single-use plastic bags before the town’s new ordinance was even passed. Albertsons and Kmart are two other large retailers who will both begin compliance today.

What you’ll see at checkout

Beginning today, larger retailers can no longer send shoppers home with single-use plastic bags. This applies only to point-of-sale bags—so, produce plastic bags are safe. If shoppers don’t have their own bag, they can pay an extra 20 cents for a paper bag—with that fee split evenly between town/county and the retailer.

Where to get a free reusable bag

There is still opportunity to grab a free reusable bag. Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling, the Town of Jackson, and volunteers have been handing out free reusable bags at large grocers, retailers, and special events.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

April 15– Smiths 11am-1pm; Whole Grocer 11am-1pm; Smiths 4-6pm; Lucky’s 4-6pm

April 16– Smiths 11am-1pm; Whole Grocer 11am-1pm; Smiths 4-6pm; Lucky’s 4-6pm

April 17– Smiths 11am-1pm; Whole Grocer 11am-1pm; Smiths 4-6pm; Lucky’s 4-6pm

April 19– Snake River Brewing Happy Hour 4-6pm

April 20– Chamber Easter Egg Hunt; Winter People’s Market 1-4pm

April 22– Teton Valley Sustainability Fair 4-6pm

April 26-27– Home Show Expo


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