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Target to begin paying for reusable shopping bags

Target will begin paying customers next month to bring their own shopping bags from home, USA Today reports.

Starting Nov. 1, Target customers will get a 5 cent discount for every reusable bag they use at check-out.

Target tested the concept in a 100-store pilot program earlier this year and found a 58 percent reduction in the number of plastic bags used.

A scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council says the incentive, along with a similar one by CVS drugstores, could keep billions of plastic bags from polluting the environment.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by on 10/19/2009 - 04:27 pm.

    I’ve noticed Target stores doing this for awhile. Maybe the Twin Cities was part of the pilot, or maybe individual stores were responding to other stores’ policies. I know Rainbow Foods also uses the 5 cent incentive.

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