Washington’s single-use plastic bag ban went into effect on October 1.
If a retailer supplies a bag, they must charge an 8¢ per bag pass-through fee, which the retailer keeps. Stipulations prohibit reimbursing customers for the fee and exceptions for charging the fee. The kinds of bags retailers can supply for the 8¢ fee:
- Large paper carryout bags made with 40% recycled content.
- Thick reusable plastic carryout bags made with 20% recycled content and a minimum of 2.25 mil thick film.
The kinds of bags retailers can supply free of charge:
- Small paper bags
- Small plastic bags designed for produce, meat, bulk foods, bakery goods, etc.
- Plastic bags designed for flowers, newspapers, dry cleaning, etc.