Just this afternoon, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a single-use bag ordinance. It’s been a long time coming in a battle between bag ban advocates and the plastic bag industry.
In 2008, Seattle passed a bag ordinance that was overturned one year later when the industry spent $1.4 million dollars to push for a voter referendum. The 2008 ordinance required single-use paper and plastic bags to be available for purchase at 20 cents each.
Today’s ordinance bans single-use plastic bags and places a 5 cent charge on single-use paper bags. It goes into effect on July 1, 2012.
Seattle residents use 292 million plastic bags each year, most of which end up as litter or in landfills after only a few minutes’ use.
Just one week ago, the City of Mukilteo passed a similar bag ordinance. Like Seattle's bag ban, the ordinance is modeled after the City of Bellingham’s ordinance adopted earlier this year. It goes into effect on January 1, 2013. Read more here.
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