New York State has passed a law to eliminate the use of plastic shopping bags in stores by March of 2020.  But Wegman's has vowed that they will stop using them even sooner.

The idea is that people will create less waste if they use "re-useable" plastic bags when they shop and therefore will less pollution.

Wegman's has announced that they plan to get ahead of the law by eliminating the plastic bags from their store by the end of 2019.

According to WKBW, Wegmans packaging and sustainability manager, Jason Wadsworth says, "By the end of this year, we will eliminate the use of plastic grocery bags in our New York State stores. We want to get out ahead of this because we have a lot to learn from our customers about how we can help them make the shift to reusable bags, which are far better than paper bags for the environment."

Wegmans said it will also "continue to work closely with The Center for Sustainable Packaging at Rochester Institute of Technology to identify new opportunities and packaging innovations" at all its stores and corporate work sites.