Supermarket company Giant Eagle is experiencing a shortage of the blue bags it uses to bag groceries, causing a recycling dilemma for some customers and sparking recycling advocates to call for single stream curbside recycling services.
The shortage, which began when the company switched to tan bags after Hurricane Harvey interrupted production of blue bags at Giant Eagle’s supplier in Texas, may be a hassle to customers who use the bags for recycling purposes, but it provides an opportunity for municipalities to commit to bins.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more information:
Giant Eagle’s temporary loss of the blue bags it uses to bag groceries may have created a recycling snag for some consumers, but those little bags cause other snags that have recycling advocates calling for an end to plastic altogether.
Giant Eagle spokesman Dick Roberts said the switch to tan bags started after Hurricane Harvey interrupted production of blue bags at Giant Eagle’s supplier in Texas and that the blue bags should return in January.
But the timing provides an opportunity for the city and other municipalities to commit to bins, said Justin Stockdale, executive director of the Pennsylvania Resources Council in Pittsburgh.