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Giant Food Stores, LLC’s Washington, D.C.-area stores will distribute as many as 250,000 reusable bags to customers for a week starting Jan. 1 as part of the Landover, Md.-based Ahold USA banner’s initiative to encourage people to substitute the eco-friendly totes for plastic bags, according to a published report.
The chain has joined forces with the Anacostia Watershed Society, a partnership which “will give Giant associates environmental knowledge that they can share with customers throughout the Anacostia Watershed,” Anacostia Watershed Society president Jim Foster was quoted as saying in the Washington Business Journal. “In addition, the society will gain access to Giant associates and customers to engage in stewardship and educational programs.”
This past summer, the district voted for five-cent disposable bag fee, which will take effect Jan. 1, with the aim of keeping trash out of the city’s waterways.
Last month, Safeway, Inc. and CVS Caremark Corp. teamed with D.C. to give 122,000 reusable bags to city residents before the law becomes effective. Giant will also help distribute the reusable bags to Washington residents this month.