Merchants getting head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

(Stock photo) Barrington businesses are starting to phase out plastic bottles for eco-friendly alternatives such as water-bottle filling stations.

GREAT BARRINGTON— Although enforcement of the town’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles one liter or less has not gone into effect, some merchants have already begun phasing out their supplies.

Among those local retailers are Berkshire Food Co-op and Big Y Foods Inc.

Berkshire Food Co-op, which opened its new facility at Powerhouse Square on June 19, stopped selling the small single-use plastic bottles around March or April, said Jill Maldonado, marketing manager for co-op.

Instead, the retailer provides a free water-bottle filling station near its bathrooms, she added. The organization also offers filtered-water. Non-owners can fill a one-gallon container for 50 cents and owners can do the same for 25 cents.

Big Y removed the single-use plastic bottles — one liter or less — a few months ago, according to Raanan Hartman, sales and merchandising mentor for the Springfield-based regional grocer. The Great Barrington store still sells one-gallon jugs of water and also sells boxed water from its single-use refrigerators near the check-out registers, he added.

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