Common Goals: Sierra Club and Kroger

The Sierra Club’s Cincinnati Past Plastic team, led by Marie Kocoshis, and Jeanne Nightingale, were successful for their resilience that influenced the passage of the City of Cincinnati Council ordinance to regulate plastic and paper bags beginning January 1, 2021. The Sierra Club team received high praise for their accomplishment.

The City of Cincinnati’s new ordinance is primarily aimed at banning the distribution of single-use plastic and non-recycled paper bags. Ohio HB 242 very specifically prohibits cities from imposing a fee on single-use bags. Therefore, Ohio HB 242 does not prohibit cities from banning the distribution of single-use bags. In addition, Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery store chain in the nation, supported Cincinnati’s plastic bag ban ordnance and will honor it starting in January.

Kroger’s “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste program addresses a fundamental absurdity in our food system: an estimated 40% of the food produced in the U.S. is thrown away, yet 1 in 9 Americans experiences hunger.” Today Kroger is diverting 80% of waste from landfills, companywide. Kroger’s plan is to end hunger in communities and eliminate waste in the company by 2025. In addition, Kroger has committed to eliminating deforestation in their Our Brands products. http://sustainability.kroger.com/2020-goals.html

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Ralph Brueggemann

Reference https://miamigroup.org/cincinnati-plastic-bag-ban-passed/

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