North's Walmart to encourage use of reusable bags

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:05 am | Updated: 2:19 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014.
BY AMY DeMELIA SUN CHRONICLE STAFF | 0 comments
NORTH ATTLEBORO – The local Walmart has joined a program that will allow the town’s schools to earn a piece of a $20,000 donation.
Solid waste Director Michele Bernier said Walmart agreed to participate in the MyEco program, which is designed to get consumers to switch to reusable shopping bags instead of using plastic grocery bags.
Customers who use the MyEco app on a cellphone can earn a donation of two cents for every $5 spent in participating stores for parent-teacher organizations at local schools or other charities. The catch: Shoppers must bring reusable bags to the store.
Participating stores will display a QR code at the register, which participants must scan with their cellphones when they make their purchases.
The QR code displays will be up at the Walmart store by Earth Day on April 22, which is when the program will formally launch, Bernier said.
So far, the only other store participating locally is Shaw’s but Bernier said dozens of other stores have been approached and are considering signing up.
MyEco has put up $20,000 of its own money to fund the donations to local schools.
When participants sign up for the MyEco app, they select a charity for the donations. All of the parent-teacher organizations for local schools and Keep North Attleboro Beautiful are among the options.
For more information or to download the app, visit getmyeco.com.
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