In 2009, Seward Co-op began offering plastic bag recycling to our shoppers and owners. In 2010, we stopped offering plastic grocery bags at the checkout lanes. These changes were motivated by our Ends Statement to champion “positive environmental impacts.”
Nearly two-thirds of the plastic film Seward Co-op collects is brought to the stores by our customers, and we think it’s great that so many shoppers are committed to recycling this material. Recently, however, the hauling vendor associated with this program discontinued their route. Due to this, we have come to the difficult decision to discontinue plastic bag collection at our stores. The program will end at both grocery locations on March 15, 2017.
Don’t be disheartened—there are still ways to recycle plastic bags! Several Hennepin County and private businesses accept this material. Alternative drop-off sites are listed above and near the collection bins. We advise that you call drop-off facilities for their hours of operation before making the trip.