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Bainbridge Island
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/1/2012
Stores Affected
All Stores Exempt: Bags for take-out foods
Paper Bag Requirements
Paper bag must have a manufacturer's stated capacity of one-eighth barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger, 40% minimum post-consumer recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None specified
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
10/4/12
Bellingham
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
8/1/2012
Stores Affected
All Stores excluding Restaurants
Paper Bag Requirements
Minimum 40% Post-Consumer Recycled Content, an 8 pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20 % post-consumer recycled material; Must be accepted in curbside programs: Capable of composting, consistent with ASTM specifications
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses; minimum lifetime of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None specified
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
10/4/12
Edmonds
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2009
Stores Affected
All Retail Stores excluding Restaurants
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays "Recyclable" on outside of bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
Later Fee Increase
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None specified
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
10/4/12
Ellensburg
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and is 100% recyclable
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag that is washable, whether by machine or hand; and if made from plastic, is a minimum of 2.25 mil thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
$0.05 charge is for paper or plastic. Stores keep revenue, bag charge must be on customer receipts and is a taxable purchase; signage required
Updated as of
1/16/2018
Everett
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
9/30/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains an average of 40% postconsumer recycled materials; Is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in a majority of households that have access to curbside recycling programs in the City; Is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) Standard D6400
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Printed on the recyclable paper carryout bag is the minimum percentage of postconsumer content.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag made of cloth or other material with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for long term multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: 1. Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capacity of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet, 2. Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected, and 3. If made of film plastic, in a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Updated as of
1/30/2019
Issaquah
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2013
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Minimum 20% Post-Consumer Recycled Content and must be accepted for the city's recycling and composting program
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses; minimum lifetime of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None specified
Additional Information
Additional information (external link)
Updated as of
10/4/12
Kirkland
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/1/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) contains a minimum average of 40 percent post-consumer recycled materials; (2) the paper carryout bag is accepted for recycling in the City’s recycling and composting program;
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag made of cloth, fabric or other material with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for long- term multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: 1. Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which, for the purposes of this section, means the capability of loading, carrying and unloading a minimum of 22 pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet a minimum of 125 times; and is machine washable
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Updated as of
4/20/2015
Lacey
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2014
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains 40% recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays percent of recycled content outside of bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Minimum 2.25 mil
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/30/2014
Mercer Island
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
4/22/2014
Stores Affected
Retail, Grocery, Restaurants Not Affected: Prepared take out food
Paper Bag Requirements
Has manufacturer?s stated capacity of one-eighth barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. Contains a minimum of 40% recycled materials.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the percent of recycled content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
N/A
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
No retail establishment in the city shall provide a single-use plastic carryout bag to any customer.
Updated as of
8/14/2014
Mukilteo
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2013
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
made of paper or other renewable product that does not contain any old growth fiber, is 100% recyclable and contains a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycle content or is compostable in a green bin
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
None Specified
Fee Per Paper Bag
None Specified
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
Reusable bags made of cloth or other machine washable fabric or of durable plastic that is at least 2.5 mils thick and is suitable for reuse
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
NA
Additional Information
Additional information (external link)
Updated as of
10/4/12
North Bend
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) contains a minimum average of 40 percent postconsumer recycled materials, (2) the paper carryout bag is accepted for recycling in the City’s recycling and composting program
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag made of cloth, fabric or other material with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for long-term multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: 1. Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which, for the purposes of this section, means the capability of loading, carrying and unloading a minimum of 22 pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet a minimum of 125 times; 2. Is washable, whether by machine or hand; 3. If made of plastic, meets all of the requirements above and is a minimum of 2.25 mils thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Updated as of
1/30/2019
Olympia
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2014
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
Not Specified
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
No less than 2.25 mil thick bags
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
City council approves Thurston county ban on plastic bags in grocery stores and small fee on paper bags. Thurston County aims to have ordinances in place January 2014 with implementation in July 2014.
Updated as of
4/20/2015
Port Angeles
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/3/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains an average of 40 percent postconsumer recycled materials if larger than an eight-pound, or 20 percent post-consumer recycled material if an eight-pound or smaller, and is either accepted for recycling in curbside programs or is capable of composting
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
The minimum percentage of post-consumer content is printed on the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Minimum 2.25 mil if plastic
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/17/2018
Port Townsend
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/1/2012
Stores Affected
Retail and Wholesale establishments, Restaurants
Paper Bag Requirements
Manufacturer's stated capacity of 1/8 barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger, contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
None Specified
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None Specified
Additional Information
Additional information (external link)
Updated as of
10/4/12
Quil Ceda Village
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments and restaurants
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains a minimum average of 40% PCR material, the paper carryout is accepted for recycling
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Tulalip, WA falls under this ordinance
Updated as of
1/16/2018
San Juan County
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
5/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
40% post consumer recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
"Reusable carryout bag" means any carryout bag that is made 33 of reusable machine-washable textile materials, or durable plastic 34 that is at least 2.25 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Cities affected: Argyle, Beach Haven, Blakely Island, Crane Island, Decatur, Decatur Island, Deer Harbor, Doe Bay, Eastsound, Lopez Island, Olga, Orcas Village, Orcas Island, Port Stanley, Richardson, Roche Harbor, Rockland, Shaw Island, Thatcher, Waldron, West Beach
Updated as of
1/30/2017
Seattle
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2012
Stores Affected
All Retail Establishments, Restaurants (except take out food)
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper carryout bag that has a manufacturer's stated capacity of one-eighth barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger and contains a minimum average of 40 percent post-consumer recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
2.25 Mil Minimum Thickness for Reusable Plastic Bag
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None specified
Additional Information
Additional information (external link)
Updated as of
10/4/12
Shoreline
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
2/1/2014
Stores Affected
All Retail Establishments, Restaurants (except take out food)
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
N/A
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
City Council approves regulations on 4/29/2013 banning retailers from distributing plastic bags. As of 5/30/2013, citizen group working on overturning ban.
Updated as of
5/30/2013
Tacoma
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/19/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains an average of 40 percent postconsumer recycled materials; An eight-pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20 percent postconsumer recycled material; is accepted for recycling in curbside programs; is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) Standard D6400
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Printed on the paper carryout bag is the minimum percentage of postconsumer content
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag made of cloth or other material with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for long-term multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: 1. Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected, and 2. If made of film plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
7/14/2016
Thurston County Unincorporated
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2014
Stores Affected
All retailers
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains 40% recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays percent of recycled content outside of bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Minimum 2.25 mil
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Bordeaux, Boston Harbor, Delphi, Kelly's Korner, Littlerock, Maytown, Mima, Puget, Tanglewilde, Thompson Place, Vail
Updated as of
4/30/2014
Tumwater
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2014
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Contains 40% recycled materials
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays percent of recycled content outside of bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Minimum 2.25 mil
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/30/2014