Washington

Statewide Legislation

 

Status Pending
Ordinance HB1310
Notes Authorizes local governments to adopt a model ordinance that bans plastic carryout bags and imposes 5 cents fee for paper bags provided to retail customers.
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Updated February 26, 2013

Bainbridge Island

 

Status Approved
Status Date 04/18/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture’s stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Compliance Date 11/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-06
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Updated April 22, 2012

Bellingham

 

Status Approved
Status Date 07/25/2011
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials including without limitation, clothing, food or personal items of any kind directly to the customer. Retail establishment includes without limitation, grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, …view more
Fees Paper Tax: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 08/01/2012
Ordinance 19147
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Updated August 15, 2012

Edmonds

 

Status Approved
Status Date 08/27/2009
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” means any commercial business facility engaged in the sale of goods to consumers for the ultimate consumption.
Fees None
Compliance Date 07/27/2010
Ordinance No 3749, Ch. 6.8
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Updated April 20, 2012

Issaquah

 

Status Approved
Status Date 03/01/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 03/01/2013
Ordinance 2692
Notes Large Retailers comply date: March 1, 2013. Small retailers comply date: March 1, 2014
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Updated July 15, 2012

Lacey

 

Status Approved
Status Date 07/13/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture’s stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not Defined
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/13/2014
Updated February 13, 2014

Mukitlteo

 

Status Approved
Status Date 12/21/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” means any commercial business facility engaged in the sale of goods to consumers for the ultimate consumption.
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 1294 and 1299
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Updated April 20, 2012

Olympia

 

Status Approved
Status Date 10/22/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
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Updated October 22, 2013

Port Townsend

 

Status Approved
Status Date 07/02/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture’s stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not defined
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 11/01/2012
Ordinance 3076
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Updated July 12, 2012

Seattle

 

Status Approved
Status Date 12/19/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not defined
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 07/01/2012
Ordinance 123775 Chapter 21.36
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Updated April 20, 2012

Shoreline

 

Status Approved
Status Date 04/29/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not defined.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 02/01/2014
Ordinance 653
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Updated May 02, 2013

Tacoma

 

Status Pending
Notes In the May city council meeting several citizens spoke in favor of a plastic bag ban. There is no specific proposal yet.
Updated May 23, 2013

Thurston County

Status Approved
Status Date 09/17/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture’s stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not Defined
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Notes 8/212013 Reviewing in their August meeting, expecting to set a proposal review in late September. 5/13/2013 Currently in the process of forming a team to start to draft a county-wide proposal. 1/2013 WA Solid Waste Reduction finalized a report recommending the Cities within Thurston County adapt a bag ban ordinance.
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Updated September 26, 2013

Tumwater

Status Approved
Status Date 09/17/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture’s stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not Defined
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly …view more
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Ordinance 02013-016
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