In a move to reduce plastic waste headed to landfills, Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, has announced a plan to eliminate plastic bags from its family of stores by 2025.
Kroger currently orders about six billion plastic checkout bags per year. This effort is projected to reduce landfill waste by 123 million pounds annually.
Kroger has almost two dozen different grocery chains, operates 2,800 stores, and serves almost nine million people daily.
“As America’s largest grocer, we recognize we have a responsibility to cut down on unnecessary plastic waste that contributes to litter, harms the environment, and, in some cases, can endanger wildlife.” Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.