"Plastic bags are a major contaminant in Washington’s recycling facilities, waterways, roadways, and environment. Washington's Plastic Bag Ban will reduce pollution by prohibiting single-use plastic carryout bags and charging a fee for acceptable bags in business establishments beginning in January 2021.
Responding to growing plastic bag pollution, the Washington State Legislature in 2020 passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
This new law bans single-use plastic bags to reduce marine plastic pollution, litter, and waste. The law will:
  • Reduce contamination in commingled recycling and compost systems.
  • Promote reuse and recycled content.
  • Build consistency in policy and enforcement across the state.
  • Support the recycled paper manufacturing industry."