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Single-use plastic bag ban went into effect on October 1

Stores will have reusable plastic or paper bags available for purchase at the register, consumers encouraged to bring their own reusable bags

OLYMPIA—After more than a year delay, a statewide single-use plastic bag ban went into effect on Friday, October 1, for Washington’s retail, restaurant, and grocery stores. Washington joins eight states, including Hawaii, California, and Oregon, and multiple cities across the country in efforts to reduce plastic consumption and pollution.

The state legislation passed in 2020 and was set to go into effect in January 2021. The delay was caused by limited access to compatible bag materials. Like the ones used at grocery store checkouts, single-use plastic bags are a significant source of pollutio...


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