Plastic Bag Ban

plastic bagsThe outreach for an upcoming bag ban is in process as the first retailers informational meeting was held this week in Tumwater. 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 takes effect July 1st.

To help retailers prepare, the Thurston County Public Works Department has an online resource, including: dates for the 3 additional retailer meetings this month, downloadable signs and counter cards to help get customers ready, and an update on the retailer outreach taking place.

Next 3 meetings
Bag Ban Open House Information Sessions for Businesses, 5 ̶ 7 p.m.
• Wed, Apr. 9—Thurston County Public Works, Bldg. B at 9605 Tilley Road S
• Wed, Apr. 16—Olympia City Hall, Room 207 at 601 Fourth Ave. E
• Wed, Apr. 23—Lacey City Hall Community Room at 420 College St. SE

For more information about the plastic bag ban, the website or the April open house information sessions, contact Loni Hanka, Thurston County Solid Waste Education and Outreach Specialist at (360) 867-2282 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Or check the Plastic Bag Ordinance page.

April 4, 2014/M-L Foster, KMAS News