BAG IT! Walmart's Latest Move Has New Jersey Shoppers Seeing Red

Ash Jurberg

Walmart shoppers in New Jersey are not happy with a new surcharge taking effect next week.
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Bad news for Walmart shoppers in New Jersey with the surprise announcement that from Tuesday, March 28, Walmart shoppers in New Jersey will have a 42-cent bag fee added to their orders.

From next week, Walmart will no longer offer single-use bags in its stores or for pickup. If customers don't remember to bring their own reusable bags, they will be forced to pay the bag fee at checkout.

For delivery, customers can opt out of reusable bags when finalizing their purchase but will be required to leave totes or reusable bags at their doorstep if they opt out of buying more reusable bags.

The move by Walmart is part of its plan to produce zero emissions across its global operations by 2040. It also follows legislation passed by New Jersey.

To prevent contamination, single-use bags are still allowed for fruit, vegetables, and raw meat.

The response to the new fee has been largely negative, with many New Jersey shoppers venting their frustration on social media.

Your thoughts

Are you glad Walmart is banning plastic and paper bags at its stores in New Jersey? Do you currently own a reusable bag that you use for shopping? Would you like to see more businesses follow Walmart's lead? Do you feel a 42-cent bag fee is too high?

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