Washington plastic bag ban Update

Jun 16, 2022
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Written by Washington Retail
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Starting July 1, 2022, the reusable plastic bag recycled content requirement will increase from 20% to 40%.

It has now been over eight months since Washington’s Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban went into effect, and the ban is quickly approaching its next milestone. Beginning July 1, 2022, the post-consumer recycled content percentage for reusable plastic carryout bags increases from 20% to 40%.

The Department of Ecology continues to offer technical assistance and education to businesses about the law to help further its implementation.

The Ecology Bag Ban Website contains a link to download our Bag Ban Outreach Toolkit. The toolkit contains detailed flyers to educate businesses and their staff on the law’s details, point of sale signs for communicating the requirements to customers, and Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) signage to encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags.