Seattle bans plastic shopping bags

The Seattle City Council has unanimously green-lighted a wide-reaching ban on disposable plastic shopping bags not just at supermarkets but at farmers markets, department and convenience stores, home improvement centers, and even food trucks.  Washingtonians use more than 2 billion single-use plastic bags each year, and Seattle alone uses approximately 292 million plastic bags annually and only 13% are recycled. If this is just one state, imagine how many bags are being used across the country.  Here is a list of other states that have also implemented plastic bag bans:

  • San Francisco, CA – Banned plastic bags in 2007.
  • Los Angeles County – Banned Plastic bags November 2010; includes a 10 cent fee on paper bags.
  • Portland, OR – Banned plastic bags in summer 2011.
  • Edmonds, WA – Banned Plastic Bags in 2009; law was implemented in August 2010.
  • Bellingham, WA – Banned plastic bags in 2011, in the model outlined in this document; legislation to be implement in summer 2012.
  • Washington DC – Implemented a 5 cent fee on paper and plastic bags in 2009; reduced disposable bag use by 80% citywide in first year.

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