2900 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114

1-888-429-5673

  • Visit S. Walter Packaging on LinkedIn
  • Visit S. Walter Packaging on Facebook
  • Visit S. Walter Packaging on Twitter
  • Visit S. Walter Packaging on YouTube

Washington - Bag Legislation

City or County:
Print this Page Share by Email

Statewide Legislation

top
Status Pending
Ordinance SB 5432
Notes Prohibits retail stores from providing a carryout bag to a consumer unless the carryout bag is a compostable plastic carryout bag, a recyclable paper carryout bag, or a reusable carryout bag. In Senate; By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Updated January 11, 2016

Bainbridge Island

top
Status Approved
Status Date 04/18/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture's stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Compliance Date 11/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-06
More Information Link to more information
Updated April 22, 2012

Bellingham

top
Status Approved
Status Date 07/25/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and recyclable.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 4.0 mil thick.
Stores Affected
"Retail Establishment" means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials including without limitation, clothing, food or personal items of any kind directly to the customer. Retail establishment includes without limitation, grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, ...view more stores, restaurants, liquor stores, catering trucks and any other retail store or vendor. view less
Fees Paper Tax: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 08/01/2012
Ordinance 19147
More Information Link to more information
Link to more information
Updated August 15, 2012

Edmonds

top
Status Approved
Status Date 08/27/2009
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" means any commercial business facility engaged in the sale of goods to consumers for the ultimate consumption.
Fees None
Compliance Date 07/27/2010
Ordinance No 3749, Ch. 6.8
More Information Link to more information
Updated April 20, 2012

Ellensburg

top
Status Approved
Status Date 11/07/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that has a manufacturer's stated capacity of oneeighth barrel (882 cubic inches) and meets the following requirements: 1. Contains at least forty percent post-consumer recycled content; 2. Is one hundred percent recyclable; and 3. Displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that: I. Is washable, whether by machine or hand; and 2. If made from plastic, is a minimum of2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
Retail establishment means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, entertainment facility, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly to a customer. ...view more include but are not limited to clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, home decor stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this chapter. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2018
Ordinance 4750
More Information Link to more information
Updated November 14, 2016

Friday Harbor

top
Status Pending
Notes Town meeting held and ordinance presented.
Updated February 01, 2017

Issaquah

top
Status Approved
Status Date 03/01/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 03/01/2013
Ordinance 2692
Notes Large Retailers comply date: March 1, 2013. Small retailers comply date: March 1, 2014
More Information Link to more information
Link to more information
Updated July 15, 2012

Kirkland

top
Status Approved
Status Date 02/01/2015
Paper Summary Requirements: Recyclable paper bag means a paper carryout bag that meets the 200 following requirements: (1) contains a minimum average of 40 percent 201 post-consumer recycled materials; (2) the paper carryout bag is 202 accepted for recycling in the City's recycling and composting program; 203 and (3) displays the minimum percent of post-consumer content on the 204 outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag made of cloth, fabric or other material with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for longterm multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: 1. Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which, for the purposes of this section, means the capability of loading, carrying and unloading a minimum of 22 pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet a minimum of 125 times; and 2. Is machine washable.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facility, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organization that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks, food assistance programs and organizations providing services specifically for low income households are not considered to be retail establishments for purposes of KMC Chapter 16.05 until March 1, 2017. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on paper bags
Compliance Date 03/01/2016
Ordinance 0-4477
More Information Link to more information
Updated December 02, 2015

Lacey

top
Status Approved
Status Date 07/13/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture's stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not Defined
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/13/2014
Updated February 13, 2014

Mukitlteo

top
Status Approved
Status Date 12/21/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" means any commercial business facility engaged in the sale of goods to consumers for the ultimate consumption.
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 1294 and 1299
More Information Link to more information
Updated April 20, 2012

Olympia

top
Status Approved
Status Date 10/22/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
More Information Link to more information
Updated October 22, 2013

Port Townsend

top
Status Approved
Status Date 07/02/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture's stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not defined
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 11/01/2012
Ordinance 3076
More Information Link to more information
Updated July 12, 2012

San Juan County (Unicorporated)

top
Status Approved
Status Date 10/25/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Compliance Date 05/01/2017
Ordinance 10-2016
More Information Link to more information
Updated November 02, 2016

Seattle

top
Status Approved
Status Date 12/19/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not defined
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 07/01/2012
Ordinance 123775 Chapter 21.36
More Information Link to more information
Updated April 20, 2012

Shoreline

top
Status Approved
Status Date 04/29/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not defined.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 02/01/2014
Ordinance 653
More Information Link to more information
Link to more information
Updated May 02, 2013

Tacoma

top
Status Approved
Status Date 07/12/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Paper bag must have a manufacture's stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment'' means any corporation that sells or provides merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limiting, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a customer: retail establishment includes, by way of example and not limitation, any grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, catering ...view more convenience store, and any other retail store or vendor, including temporary ones at farmers markets, street fairs, and festivals. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/12/2017
Ordinance 28367
Notes On February 24, 2016 the City of Tacoma's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee held meeting to review the city wide survey. The recommendation is they presue a city ban on plastic bags and $0.05 fee on paper.
More Information Link to more information
Updated August 02, 2016

Thurston County

top
Status Approved
Status Date 09/17/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture's stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not Defined
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Notes 8/212013 Reviewing in their August meeting, expecting to set a proposal review in late September. 5/13/2013 Currently in the process of forming a team to start to draft a county-wide proposal. 1/2013 WA Solid Waste Reduction finalized a report recommending the Cities within Thurston County adapt a bag ban ordinance.
More Information Link to more information
Updated September 26, 2013

Tumwater

top
Status Approved
Status Date 09/17/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Paper bag must have a manufacture's stated capacity of one-eighty barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger. no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Not Defined
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly ...view more a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on large single use paper bags
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Ordinance 02013-016
More Information Link to more information
Updated September 26, 2013
View Eco Packaging Solutions at S. Walter Packaging