Monday, May 6, 2013
On April 29, the Shoreline City Council voted to prohibit plastic carryout bags at all retail locations in Shoreline. The new regulations will require a mandatory charge of at least five cents on each ‘grocery-sized’ paper bags provided to customers. The adopted regulations will go into effect on February 1, 2014, based on feedback from merchants who wanted to finish the holiday season before implementing the change.
This action makes Shoreline the eighth city in Washington State to ban or regulate plastic carryout bags.
Modeled after the City of Seattle’s carryout bag regulations, the new Shoreline regulations also include a number of exemptions. There are exemptions for food banks, individuals with low incomes from the five cent fee for paper bags, thicker plastic bags, and various types of plastic bags found in retail establishments, such as produce bags, dry cleaning bags, small bags for bulk items, and bags to wrap around certain goods where dampness may be a problem.
The action aligns with the City’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and is aimed at reducing waste from the waste stream and litter, which can end up polluting our marine environments, conserving natural resources, reducing green house gas emissions and protecting Shoreline’s environment.
Over the next eight months, the City will engage with Shoreline citizens and the Shoreline business community to help them understand the new regulations.
For more information about the carryout bag regulations contact Management Analyst John Norris at 206-801-2216.