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By LEONA VAUGHNN
WNPA News Service 

Legislature bans single-use plastic bags

 

March 11, 2020



Consumers will need to remember to bring their own reusable shopping bags if they want to avoid the fee that a new law will put on plastic bags.

Senate Bill 5323 will ban retailers and grocers from handing out single-use plastic bags for free. Shoppers will, instead, be offered a reusable carry-out bag at check out for an eight-cent fee.

“We have been working to deal with the plastic blob in the Pacific Ocean for a decade now,” said Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, chair of the House Finance Committee. “There is no perfect tax policy to figure out how to induce change behavior to stop using plastic bags… I really hope that we can convene a solution to how we combine tax policy wit...



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