Statewide single-use plastic bag ban begins October 1, includes new 8-cent per bag fee


A new statewide plastic bag ban will come into effect on Friday, October 1, 2021. The bag ban prohibits the distribution of single-use plastic take-out bags by restaurants, retail stores, small vendors and grocery stores.

Also, according to state law, if customers choose to use compliant plastic or paper bags offered by a merchant, the company must charge 8 cents per bag. Although the City of North Bend has already enacted a single-use plastic bag ban that did not require businesses to charge a fee for paper bags, the new state law replaces the city ordinance .

As such, residents should expect these new fees when shopping locally – for compliant paper and plastic bags – and recognize that the new fees are imposed by the state, not the government. city. The charge of 8 cents per bag is not a tax; this is a sale that is fully retained by the merchant to encourage customers to bring their own bags and to recoup the costs of the most durable compliant bags.

The state’s plastic bag ban was originally scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021. Nonetheless, the limited availability of compliant bags caused by the Covid-19 pandemic prompted Governor Inslee to delay it with a proclamation that was recently issued. repealed.

Food banks and pantries and people receiving food stamps, WICs, SNAPs or any other government assistance are not subject to the 8 cent charge. Some single-use plastic bags are exempt from the law, including plastics for wrapping meats and producing prescription bags and newspaper or dry cleaning bags.

Additional information on the state’s ban on single-use plastic bags can be found at www.ecology.wa.gov/bagban.


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