Shopping with your own bags? It will be mandatory on Friday

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Do you use your own grocery bag? If you’re not, you only have a few days to buy a bag and get used to using it. Otherwise be prepared to pay.

That’s because the state’s plastic bag ban begins on Friday, October 1. State officials say the bag ban stops the availability of single-use plastic take-out bags by restaurants, retailers, small vendors and grocery stores.
The ban was supposed to go into effect on January 1 of this year, but was delayed due to the pandemic, but is now expected to impact retailers and consumers on October 1. This means that on Friday, Yakima grocery stores will charge customers 8 cents for each compliant plastic or paper bag. This is not a tax but rather a sale retained by the merchant to entice customers to bring their own bags and to recoup the costs of the more durable compliant bags.

SOME PLACES DO NOT HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE PROHIBITION

Food banks and pantries and those who obtain food stamps are not subject to the 8 cent tax. Certain bags are exempt, such as those used to wrap meats and products, prescription bags, and newspaper or dry cleaning bags.

Laurie Davies, Ecology’s Solid Waste Management Program Manager, says “Single-use plastic bags are not easily recyclable, making their end-of-life management nearly impossible, reducing their use will protect our products. rivers and streams and will help our recycling system. operate more efficiently.

THE BAN IS INTENDED TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

State officials say “plastic bags are a common form of pollution that threatens human health, wildlife and the environment. Harmful chemicals are released when plastics are produced, used, incinerated, or slowly disintegrate into microscopic particles. Plastic bags are also a major contaminant. in Washington’s recycling system that clog sorting machines and endanger worker safety. “

So get used to your own bag or prepare to pay on Friday when the ban goes into effect in Yakima and the state on Friday, October 1.

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