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Posted on: June 30, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Plan Ahead: Say Goodbye to Plastic Bags

Choose reusable bags to help protect the environment! Starting July 1, 2014, single-use plastic bags will no longer be allowed at most Issaquah retailers.

Some plastic bags will still be allowed — including thicker, more durable check-out bags — or those used for produce and meat, bulk foods, small hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning, door hangars and take-out food.

Stores are now also required to charge at least 5 cents for most paper carryout bags. Retailers will keep the fee, which will be itemized on customers’ receipt.

The plastic bag ban took effect in 2013 and followed a phased approach, applying to larger retailers March 1, 2013, and smaller retailers July 1, 2014. The ban was upheld by Issaquah voters in February 2014.

Businesses may apply for temporary waivers from the ordinance. Other agencies — including those that provide services for low-income households — also have exemptions. Issaquah will be helping to support adoption of reusable bags by providing reusable bags to low-income households and the community, and conducting education and outreach for shoppers.

You can also pick up a free reusable bag (while supplies last) at the Issaquah CleanScapes store, located at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah.

Shoppers: If we spot you out shopping with a City of Issaquah reusable bag, you’ll receive a 15 percent off coupon to the CleanScapes store.

The ban is modeled after similar requirements adopted in Seattle, Bellingham, Bainbridge Island, Edmonds and Mukilteo.

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