Ready to Stop Using Plastic Bags Washington?
Friday, October 1st, 2021 after a nine-month delay, the Washington State Plastic Bag law goes into effect. Once you're in the check-out line you won't have access to single-use plastic bags unless you're willing to pay the .8 fee. The fee also is attached to paper bags and compostable green plastic bags.
Who Won't Be Charged?
Those using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Washington State Food Assistance Program, Foodbanks, and similar organizations.
Washington State isn't alone. Between 2021 and 2022 Connecticut, Maine, and New Jersey are all committed to banning plastic bags. Go team Trash Bag!
The Department of Ecology of Washington State says
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.
Tested and Reviewed
Collapsable bags that you can get at the grocery store are a great option. You just need to remember to keep them in the trunk for next time. I've failed miserably at it so far but in the worst-case scenario come Friday my items will be loose in my cart. In the best-case scenario, I'm working my way to not needing plastic to shop.
At the store today, I was taking in the last bits of plastic bag freeness. I totally forgot about the produce bags. I love those. Being charged .8 cents per bag doesn't seem like much unless you had the exact change and needed a bag. Fingers crossed we can keep it together while BEING NICE TO EMPLOYEES at check-out counters. You can do this. I believe in you.
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