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Ban on single-use plastic bags is Oct. 1


September 30, 2021

OLYMPIA — Washington’s ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect on Oct. 1.

“The law forbids food-service businesses, restaurants, retail, small and temporary vendors, and grocery stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers,” stated a Department of Ecology (DOE) spokesperson.

Customers are to bring reusable bags. But people may purchase a compliant paper or reusable bag from the business. The law requires businesses to charge at least 8 cents per bag to pay for the bags and as an incentive for customers to bring their own.

“The 8-cent-charge is not a...

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