Plastic bag ordinance

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Information about the ordinance

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Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County have adopted an ordinance that bans stores from giving out many types of single-use plastic bags. Stores must also charge at least 5 cents for paper carryout bags to encourage people to bring reusable bags.

The ordinance took effect July 1, 2014. The information below will help retailers and shoppers understand the ban.

Ordinance details and exemptions

Resources for retailers

Resources for shoppers

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History of the bag ordinance project

Learn about the environmental and health impacts from plastics


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Call Terri Thomas at (360) 867-2279 or e-mail

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