Environment & Energy Report

Washington State Senate Votes to Ban Plastic Bags (1)

Jan. 15, 2020, 10:24 PM; Updated: Jan. 15, 2020, 11:27 PM

The Washington state Senate passed a bill banning retailers from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout bags.

The measure passed Wednesday, ESSB 5323, also would prohibit retailers from providing paper bags that don’t meet recycled content requirements.

The bill, which passed by a vote of 30-19, now heads to the House. If the single-use plastic bag ban ultimately passes, Washington will become the ninth state with such a ban joining California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures notice in November.

The Senate passed a similar bill in its...

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