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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A law that will ban single-use plastic bags in the state was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee, in what he called "a victory for our environment.”

The legislation, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, bans retailers from giving out single-use plastic carryout bags and requires an 8-cent charge for other bags.

The 8-cent charge would help stores cover the cost of paper or reusable bags and create an incentive for shoppers to bring their own bags.

The fee would increase to 12 cents in 2026.

The legislation also requires paper bags to be made from 40% recycled material.

Under the legislation, carryout bags do not include those used by consumers inside stores to package bulk items; contain or wrap items where dampness or sanitation may be a problem; and newspaper bags, mailing pouches or sealed envelopes, among others.

Some conservative lawmakers supported the Democrat-sponsored legislation in the hopes it will create paper bag demand for Washington’s pulp and paper industry.

Opponents of the legislation argued that bags can help reduce the potential spread of coronavirus in grocery stores and other retail shops.

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Bugs

This sucks. When I go grocery shopping I never know exactly how many things I will buy so I have no idea how many bags I will need. I recycle all of the plastic bags by keeping them in one or more of the bags and taking them to the recycle box at Walmart.

John Doe Citezen At Large

Another example of the pro-tax people using the environment as an excuse for more taxes. Compostable plastic bags have been available for years. If they really care about the environment they would mandate compostable bags and not tax and allow ones that hurt the environment. They are just looking for revenue.

Cheburashka

Compostable plastic bags don't break down, and are n many ways worse for the environment that regular plastic bags.

Desert Dweller

The results of Governors who are concerned about health right here, check out the link.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/27/states-welcome-back-single-use-plastic-bags-to-avoid-contamination/

eriknoel

I have been carrying a reusable shopping bag for years. I have several. I have never had to pay for them and they work fine. They are not an inconvenience to me and they never tear, spilling my purchases. I don’t have scores of one-use disposable bags cluttering up my home. It seems sad to me that such a sensible notion needed to be mandated by law to get folks to adopt it. I look forward to the absence of plastic bags stuck on trees, sagebrush, fences and the like.

Baseman

You are right Wrango. The plastic bag was to limit paper bags and save the forest. The problem is that people are lazy and wasteful. They do not reuse or recycle. In the 70's, paper bags were folded up an placed in a box for reuse. Plastic bags go inside a plastic bag. They are used for small trash can bags.

concerned

First it was paper then paper or plastic now it will be paper or your own ( get ready for more spills at the checkout counter) Just like the marijuana businesses are considered crucial and must stay open for coronavirus this is a law to appease the special interest groups in this state, pure politics from gov. Inslee.

JohnQPublic

I'm going to move.

JohnQPublic

I don't want to hear any whining about the chlorine belched out or the hot water discharge into waterways when the pulp/paper industry cranks up. Remember the Tacoma aroma? Get out your charcoal masks!

Cheburashka

Yaaaaaay!!!

JohnQPublic

Don't worry, I can still come here and point out the error of your ways. You won't have to go without me and the benefits of my wisdom.

opinionscrossroad

Nobody cares.. Banning plastic bags isn't going to solve the garbage problem -- It's just going to shift from one industry to another that looney tune politicians are going to blame for all the problems.. Think about it folks.. How many problems do the politicians shift blame to .. It's what they do.. First it was the forest industry was bad, then the fast food industry was bad, then the potato industry was bad, then the Trans-fat industry was bad, then the sugar industry was bad, then the dams were bad, then the wind turbines were bad, then the commercial fishery was bad, then the farmers were bad, then the baby powder industry was bad, then the oil companies were bad, then the ethanol industry was bad...

At the end of the day folks the blame is simple... TOO MANY PEOPLE!!!!!! Work from that point with realistic visions where you want to be.. TOO MANY PEOPLE create a lot of demands on the environment they are living in.. DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!

Cheburashka

I care. In fact, most of Washington cares. Some people don't, and they're the ones you'll hear from here, but that doesn'tean that no one cares.

Wrango

In the '70s they told us plastic bags would save our forests. I guess that didn't work. Or did it? Remember all the forest fires? Now they're banning plastic bags? Lol! These lefty loonies are truly out of their minds! Jay Inslee, you're an embarrassment to WA. state.

Cheburashka

In the 70s you also had CFC propellants and eventually, a hole in the ozone. CFCs were banned as propellants and now, no more hole in the ozone. Science is great, but it's hard on conservative thinkers because it changes things.

JohnQPublic

There's still a hole in the ozone layer according to the internet. Science is great, especially when you look for the truth before make incorrect statements. It's hard on people who want to use feelings over facts. If you'd bother to do any research, you'll find that CFCs or HCFCs are still available, can be used, and can be sourced from other countries outside the US. See how facts work?

Cheburashka

Ok troll. Are you saying the Montreal Protocol had no effect? The hole in the ozone layer is healing. Your misanthropy apparently isn't.

JohnQPublic

Gosh, you really need to calm down. Just because you're wrong doesn't mean you have to get mad about it.

Cheburashka

Not mad. Just honest and correct. The Montreal Accord made a major difference.

While I was incorrect in stating that it had closed, it is clear that it has begun to close. It's important to be ecologically-minded. Also to shut down conservative trolls.

JohnQPublic

Glenn Beck predicted this exact exchange in September 2009. I was really hoping he was wrong but it turns out he was right on the money.

JohnQPublic

You even got the name wrong. It was the Montreal Protocol.

Cheburashka

Did you not understand my point because I accidentally used the wrong word? Trying to understand if you're just stupid, just a troll, or a stupid troll. Tell you what... I'll respond when you post something worth response.

JohnQPublic

Save yourself the wasted effort. Don't respond to anything I do. It's invariably wrong anyways.

Cheburashka

Agreed. Everything you do is invariably wrong anyway.

JohnQPublic

I can appreciate your cutesy play on my words. That is truly funny. But, you mis-read my response. Do you want help interpreting what you did was wrong or can you get there on your own?

Desert Dweller

Most of the places that banned single use plastic bags have rescinded that law due to the pandemic at hand, actually banned bringing reusable bags into the stores.

I guess our Governor thinks flu season will never come back.

Cheburashka

The point of the current situation is to flatten the curve, not to prevent Covid19 altogether. With the flu, there's no need to flatten the curve because flu patients are hospitalized at a much lower rate than Covid19 patients.

Desert Dweller

Well I guess providing another unsanitary method of carrying your purchases and possibly passing pathogens to innocent employees in the store is a good thing, correct?

Cheburashka

Really? Should we use one-use, disposable clothing, doorknobs, computer keyboards, cars, buses, etc? Your pearl-clutching over the clerks is despicable. Germs and viruses exist. They will be in the he environment no matter what. However, in times of emergency we need to take drastic action. In normal circumstances, people are exposed to viruses on a daily basis and we have the ability to cope with it. Covid19 constitutes an emergency. Quit trolling.

Desert Dweller

Sanitation and disease are always with us, a bit of concern for your fellow man even in times that are not crisis seems like the compassionate way to approach things.

The flu kills nearly 50,000 people in the US every year.

Cheburashka

The ban of plastic bags is out of concern for our fellow man.

Desert Dweller

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/27/states-welcome-back-single-use-plastic-bags-to-avoid-contamination/

Cheburashka

Yes, you've already made.that point. And once the danger of death from overburdened healthcare systems is past, we can once again focus on the environment.

FarmerBoy509

What a time to pass this legislation!! If it truly helps the lumber industry, bring it on. Realistically, it’ll only be a matter of years before they tell us we’ve been doing it wrong again!

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