David Grimes' father, the late Edwin E. Grimes, purchased the company from his dad in 1972 with his partner Don Aldrich.
They began the push to make it a chain.
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Handyman Ace Hardware, a member of the ACE dealer owned co-operative, now has locations in Dayton, Springfield, Centerville, Fairborn, Xenia, Miamisburg, New Carlisle and Kettering.
Even though some of his stores offer plastic bag recycling, David Grimes said the bags do not break down in landfills.
Customers will receive paper bags once all the plastic ones are given out.
Grimes said the move is not a financial one.
“It will probably cost me a little more to do paper bags than plastic bags,” he said.
Waste Management estimates that it takes a plastic bag 1,000 years to biodegrade in a landfill.
Paper bags break down in a month as part of litter, the waste collection company says.
Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually, according to statistics compiled by the Earth Day Network.
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Handyman Ace join numerous other stores to phase out plastic bags voluntarily.
>> Your local Kroger is doing away with plastic bags
Kroger announced in August that it is phasing out its plastic bags and replacing them with reusable bags across all stores.
The major grocery retailer plans to do so by 2025.
In addition, several communities nationwide have initiated bans of plastic bags intended for single use, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The bags are typically made of petroleum-based plastic and don’t biodegrade when they are disposed of or escape into the environment.