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By Beka Compton
The Times 

A little less plastic: Bag ban a part of the "new normal"

Senate Bill 5323 was postponed days after being passed in 2020, but will eliminate single-use plastic bags as the pandemic ends

 

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Floating plastic bags have found their way to remote and natural settings in our community. Local hunters and hikers have witnessed the ghostly invaders.

The lion of early spring has roared, and shops are embracing the relaxed pandemic-related restrictions as they shake off the winter blues. As shoppers, we have gotten used to wearing face masks and the smell of hand sanitizer, and before we know it, we will be used to packing reusable shopping bags with us.

According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington shoppers use two billion single-use plastic bags each year. Most bags go in the trash once people get home and put their groceries or other treasures away and up to 300 million plastic bags make it into the ocean each ye...



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