PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Giant Eagle announced a new sustainability strategy that will get rid of single-use plastics.

On Tuesday, Giant Eagle will announce its commitment to eliminating single-use plastics by 2025.

The company says it plans to move away from plastic bags, straws, single-serve fresh food containers, bottled beverages and more.

“We together can make a real difference,” Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet said.

It will also focus on “achieving significant milestones” related to waste and carbon emissions, as well as having more sustainable products.

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags.

“I think it’s about time,” one customer said.

Environmental activists like Sustainable Pittsburgh hailed the action as Pittsburgh plays catchup to other cities.

A pilot program begins in January at the Giant Eagle on Freeport Road.

WATCH: KDKA’s Jon Delano reports live from Giant Eagle.