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Ahold USA said yesterday that its retailer divisions - Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Martin’s and online grocer Peapod - have together achieved their goal of eliminating one billion grocery bags from the environment, a goal that the company set in 2011.

According to the announcement, "Over the past five years, Ahold USA’s retail divisions have encouraged customers to remember to bring reusable bags with them each and every time they shop. In addition, better bagging efforts were introduced to division cashiers and baggers to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used by ensuring they are properly filled and avoiding extra bags unnecessarily."

Marissa Nelson, senior vice president of responsible retailing and healthy living, Ahold USA, said that this was a milestone that was part of a broader goal - to "achieve zero waste by 2020 through diverting 90% or more of their total waste from landfills."
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