Thurston County to hold public hearing on plastic bag ban

Staff writerAugust 21, 2013 

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FILE - Ralph's Thriftway customer Chris Kinerk loads groceries bagged into plastic bags into a shopping cart, carrying his son Rylen, 20-months-old, on Fourth Ave. East in Olympia, May 31, 2012.(Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

JANET JENSEN

A public hearing discussing the possible ban of plastic carryout bags in unincorporated Thurston County has been set for next month, according to a news release.

The public hearing before the Thurston County Commissioners is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse.

The proposed ordinance referring to the ban was announced shortly after Thurston County waste and recycling provider LeMay Incorporated said they would discontinue collecting plastic carryout bags and other plastic film Oct. 1.

“This is not a decision commissioners take lightly, and public input on this proposed ordinance banning plastic bags is a critical part of our decision-making process,” stated Commissioner Cathy Wolfe in the release.

The proposed ordinance would ban plastic carryout bags and put a fee on paper bags in unincorporated Thurston County starting July 1, 2014, giving staff time to inform the public and retailers about the changes.

There would be exemptions for residents on food assistance programs and certain plastic bags.

Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Committee members and county staff have been working on reducing the use of plastic bags since November 2011.

For more information about the ordinance, click here.

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