After 15-month delay, Washington plastic bag ban set to take effect this week

Washington state’s plastic bag ban is set to take effect on Friday, Oct. 1, after a lengthy 15-month delay.

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SB 5323 was passed by the state Legislature in March of 2020, establishing a statewide prohibition on the issuance of single-use plastic bags from retailers, restaurants, grocery stores, festivals, and markets, but excepting food banks and other food assistance programs. It also mandates an 8-cent charge for paper bags, while setting requirements for the materials reusable bags can be made from.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed it into law later that month, originally slating it to take effect on June 11,

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