Das’s “Reusable Bag Act,” banning single-use plastic bags, goes into effect

OLYMPIA — A bill to reduce pollution by prohibiting retailers in Washington state from handing out single-use plastic bags goes into effect today after a year-long delay brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Mona Das (D-Kent) sponsored Senate Bill 5323, which was supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders, including retailers and environmentalists. “Our state’s commitment to the environment was never put on pause, even while it was necessary to delay the implementation of the single-use plastic bag ban,” Das said. “I’m so proud of all our communities across the state for staying hopeful and dedicated to the health of our planet and future, no matter what.” This bill will allow retailers — including grocers —to provide paper bags or durable, ...

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