Walmart going bagless

ELLSWORTH — Starting July 1, all Maine Walmart stores will be going bagless.

That is the date enforcement is scheduled to begin on the state’s ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags.

“With that ban soon taking effect, Walmart is converting all Maine stores to bagless on July 1,” according to a company statement. “This decision only further demonstrates the company’s commitment to advancing sustainable initiatives that support people and the environment and to its ongoing efforts to target zero emissions in its global operations by 2040.

“A similar initiative began in Vermont about six months ago and has been well-received by customers there.”

A spokesman said that the company understands that customers will need some time to get used to the change. Reusable bags will be available for sale at the registers and throughout the store. Prices for bags will start at 50 cents. 

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