Open house for businesses to offer information about plastic bag ban

ahobbs@theolympian.comApril 13, 2014 

Local businesses are invited to an open house that will offer information about the upcoming ban on plastic bags.

Hosted by Olympia’s Waste ReSources and Thurston County Solid Waste, the open house will run 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Olympia City Hall, room 207, 601 Fourth Ave. E. City and county staff will answer questions and discuss outreach efforts.

The ban is based on ordinances in the county’s major jurisdictions. Starting July 1, stores in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and unincorporated Thurston County will no longer be allowed to give out single-use plastic bags like the ones typically found in grocery stores. Stores are required to charge at least 5 cents for paper bags while encouraging the use of reusable bags.

The county plans to produce a six-month study on how the plastic bag ban is working and will show those results to still-undecided communities such as Yelm, Tenino, Rainer and Bucoda, according to the county.

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