Plastic bag ban goes into effect Oct. 1 | News Brief


Last updated 8/22/2021 at 7:29pm

Washingtonians will begin to see fewer plastic bags littering the state’s roadsides, parks, and streams beginning Oct. 1 when the statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect.

The bag ban prohibits the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags by restaurants, retail, small vendor, and grocery stores.

The ban was originally scheduled to begin Jan. 1, but the limited availability of compliant bags prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to delay it through a proclamation. The proclamation was recently rescinded.

“Single-use plastic bags are not easily recyclable, which makes managing them at the...

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