News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 February 28, 2020
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

   
AS PLASTIC BAG BAN NEARS, TOPS PARTNERS WITH MONROE COUNTY TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY
Williamsville, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, who has more than three quarters of its stores in New York State, is less than one week away from no longer providing plastic bags to its shoppers due to newly passed legislation banning the use of plastic bags. While Tops has been providing its shoppers with a wide variety of bags for its shoppers to choose from, from jute and reusable to canvas and paper, long before the plastic bag ban was a glimmer in anyone’s eye, the locally owned and operated grocer felt it was important to educate its customers on the environmental impact of the new legislation set to take effect March 1, 2020.

“At Tops, social responsibility and sustainability have always been at the core of the company’s mission, said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops Friendly markets. “Tops upholds standards that ensure that we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high-quality products. But being responsible environmental corporate citizens goes beyond the products on the shelves or even the actions we take behind the scenes. It’s about the education we provide our customers and that’s why we’ve chosen to partner with our local municipalities to better inform our consumers about the impact the NYS plastic bag ban will have on the environment to help you, the consumer better understand the changes at hand.”

Throughout the month of March at select Tops locations (noted below and across the chains footprint), Tops will be welcoming such organizations as Monroe County to not only educate customers about the positive environmental impact of using reusable bags, but provide FREE reusable bags to shoppers who visit theses Tops Markets locations noted below. “Monroe County needs to lead the way in environmental protection and taking steps to mitigate the effects of our changing climate. The state ban on single-use plastic bags is a step in the right direction as we seek to reduce environmental waste and chart a future course toward sustainability,” said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “That’s why I’m pleased the Department of Environmental Services is partnering with Tops to help educate consumers about the state’s plastic bag ban and help ensure people can obtain free reusable shopping bags. I encourage residents to visit these five area Tops markets to learn more about the environmental impact of the new law and grab a new shopping bag.”

Tops Location Date Time Organization 1601 Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY 3/9/20 4:00-6:00 pm Monroe County Department of Environmental Services 450 West Ave., Rochester, NY 3/10/20 11:00 am -1:00 pm Monroe County Department of Environmental Services 2345 Buffalo Road., Rochester, NY 3/11/20 4:00-6:00 pm Monroe County Department of Environmental Services 1900 Clinton Ave., S, Rochester, NY 3/12/20 11:00 am -1:00 pm Monroe County Department of Environmental Services 3507 Mt. Read Blvd., Greece, NY 3/13/20 11:00 am -1:00 pm Monroe County Department of Environmental Services

To learn more about Tops environmental efforts please visit www.topsmarkets.com/sustainability.

### About Tops Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com

 

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