Plastic Bag Ban Starts Today
If you aren't already in the habit, it's time to create a new routine! Seattle's ban on single-use plastic bags at retail shops begins today. So slip a small tote into your purse or backpack, another into the bottom of your stroller, and a few bigger ones into the trunk of your car so that you can be prepared.
Seattle Public Utilities has information about the ban if you need it, including this insight as to what to do if you find a store that is still using plastic bags:
A call to SPU's customer service line, (206) 684-3000, will forward store names to outreach staff who will visit the location. Note that small stores – those without branches outside Seattle where they can send their existing stock of bags – are allowed some time to use up inventory. Also, strong plastic bags (2.25 mils thick or greater) are considered reusable and some stores such as department stores and book stores will be using them. You may also call this number if you see a store not charging for large, recyclable paper bags. (No charge is required for small paper bags.)