Plastic bags getting the boot at Dillons stores

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Kroger announced Thursday that it plans to be plastic bag free by the year 2025.

It’s part of the company’s Zero Hunger and Zero Waste.

Slide it, bag it, stow it, and repeat. There’s not a bag wasted at Dillon’s. To their parent company, Kroger, that is sort of the issue.

“We have an initiative called Zero Hunger, Zero Waste. “The first steps are to really look at our plastics,” says Mindy Powers, Dillons Division Associate Communications and Engagement Manager.

The company did and the numbers are shocking.

“There are a 100 billion plastic bags thrown away every year. Six billion of those are from Kroger company and Kroger stores,” says Powers.

“Really? I had no idea about that,” says Cindy Lee, Sedgwick County Environmental Services.

Want to hear something else crazy?

“It takes about a 1,000 years for a bag to degrade,” says Lee.

“I believe that,” says Deedee Estill-Matos, shopper. 

So what happens to all of the bags?

“I actually recycle and them reuse them at home. I use them for all kinds of stuff,” says Estill-Matos.

But not everybody recycles. Cindy Lee of the Sedgwick County Environmental Resources Department wishes they did.

“It is just convenient. People drink coke, or they drink their soda, and instead of finding a trash can they just throw it out their car,” explains Lee.

And what’s thrown out can cause problems, according to environmental officials.

“If it ends up in our river, animals mistake it for food and they die,” she explains.

Dillons is hoping to reverse that or at least do their part.

“We are not going to have plastic bags stuck in trees or floating in gutters or even floating in the Arkansas River like we maybe are seeing now,” adds Powers. 

“By doing that alone Kroger will be helping out a lot,” adds Lee. 

At least one shopper agrees.

“I think it is a good idea,” says Estille-Matos.

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