We all know that warm weather means shopping more often and …
Though there is a ban on plastic bags for many Retailers in many states, you wouldn’t know it. The ban or reduction of plastic bags was implemented on July 1 of 2012 in Seattle, WA. It’s now 2013 and springtime, a time when folks are out shopping. I get it, it is not lucrative to ask for reusable bags or to inform the public about the .5 charge for each bag, but given the idea that we all should be concerned about the environment; I do expect a little more effort to push reusable bags. Some states have implemented their Ban or Reduction plans on Plastic Bags as well, but not much information is available about who will or is enforcing the new rules or how they are measuring the reduction rate, if at all. The struggle to clean up our environment should not be this complicated or hard and hopefully our city councils will keep at it with great zeal as the plastic industry has big $$ incentives to stall or stop it … They need to think about the next generation … the Seattle City Council rules and regulations on plastic bags are below
How will the plastic bag ban work?
It’s simple – retailers are prohibited from offering plastic carryout bags to customers. Paper bags may still be provided to customers for a minimum of five cents – stores keep the nickel to help cover the cost of providing bags. Everyone is encouraged to bring, sell and use reusable bags.
Banned Bags Include: plastic bags provided at checkout of all retail stores (bags less than 2.25 ml thick and made from non‐renewable sources). Exclusions: bags used by shoppers in a store to package bulk foods, meat, flowers, bakery goods or prescriptions; newspaper, door hanger bags and dry cleaning bags.
Where the policy applies: all retail stores including but not limited to grocery stores, corner and convenience stores, pharmacies, department stores, farmers markets, restaurants and catering trucks. Where it’s not applicable: for take‐out food where there is a public health risk if a bag is not provided.
What about paper?
Retailers may provide paper bags made of at least 40% recycled paper for a minimum 5 cent pass through cost that retailers keep to offset the cost of providing bags. Low income customers who qualify for food assistance programs shall be provided paper bags at no charge.