Big Y in the News
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".
Big Y in the News contains excerpts from press releases that have been sent to local media.
Table & Vine Pledges Freedom From Plastic Bags by July 1st
SPRINGFIELD, MA (June 19, 2019)
As part of Big Y Foods, Inc.’s recent announcement to phase out of single use plastic bags at their checkouts, their Table & Vine location will be the second division in the 80 store company to eliminate these bags as of July 1, 2019 at their 1119 Riverdale St. West Springfield store. Recently as of Earth Day, all of Big Y’s Gas and Convenience locations have also eliminated these single use plastic bags at checkout.
Single use plastic bags create an inordinate amount of waste. According to the EPA, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States each year. If not disposed properly, this plastic can end up in waterways and forests where it can harm fish, marine animals, birds and other wildlife.
Big Y has been complying with single use plastic bag bans in several of its local communities in Massachusetts since 2014 and is preparing for several more to come this summer. The company issued a pledge in January to eliminate all single use plastic bags at their checkouts in 2020.
The Massachusetts legislature has considered a statewide ban on single use plastic bags. Customers within communities without single use plastic bags are delighted with the bans, supportive of environmentally responsible business practices and have been strong supporters of using reusable bags as an alternative to plastic or paper bags for their groceries. Paper is not the answer to this waste problem as the paper production process is harmful to the environment causing increased greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
Richard D. Bossie, Big Y’s senior vice president of operations and customer experience acknowledged this team for their enthusiasm. “Congratulations to our Table & Vine division for joining our quest to eliminate single use plastic bags in their store. We are impressed with their planning and coordination, allowing for a speedy transition to more environmentally friendly solutions just in time for the 4th of July.”
Big Y recognizes its responsibility to cut down on unnecessary plastic waste that contributes to litter, harms the environment and can endanger wildlife. Currently, Big Y uses 100 million plastic bags and 3.5 million paper bags at their checkouts each year. They collect single use plastic bags from customers at each store and sends them to recycling plants for use in decking.
Other sustainability efforts include almost daily donations to the 5 food banks within Big Y’s marketing area including meat, fruits and vegetables, and bakery items. Their locations also participate in paper and cardboard recycling programs and composting. In addition, they have championed other energy saving initiatives such as the use of solar arrays, LED lighting, and even electric car charging stations to help protect the environment and conserve natural resources.