The chain will stop using plastic bags starting August 1 at all 10 Portland stores.
The chain of stores, owned by Kroger Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the largest local grocer to make the move, ahead of Mayor Sam Adam's proposed 2012 plastic bag ban.
Customers at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer were torn on the plastic bag decision. Some applauded the effort, [spokeswoman Melinda] Merrill said. Others missed plastic options that didn't rip in the rain, seemed more sanitary and were easier to hang from wheelchairs or walkers.
"We see this as an education need ... about the need to recycle plastic bags rather than use them as garbage liners or dog or cat poop bags, because then they just end up in the landfill," said Merrill, adding that Fred Meyer won't charge 5 cents for paper bags until the law requires it.
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