Retailers, consumers and prices
Three Walmart stores in Northern California are no longer giving shoppers the option of packing their purchases in free plastic bags.
Instead, in stores in Folsom, Citrus Heights and Ukiah, Walmart is offering shoppers resuable bags — a regular sized bag for 15 cents or an oversized bag for 50 cents.
It’s part of a plan by Walmart to cut plastic shopping bag waste in its stores by one-third by 2013.
In 52 other stores in California, Walmart is now selling both of these reusable bags up front at the register, where cashiers are encouraging shoppers to buy them when they check out (although shoppers can still opt for the free plastic bags).