Shoreline plastic bag ban begins Saturday

Friday, January 31, 2014

As of Saturday, February 1, 2014, retailers will no longer routinely give out plastic bags to shoppers, who will have to bring their own bags or purchase paper bags in the stores.

Shoreline joins Seattle and Edmonds in prohibiting plastic bags in retail stores, joining the crowd of environmentalists who are concerned about plastic floating in Puget Sound and staying forever in landfills. The City cites waste reduction as the goal of the ban. The staff report to the City Council is here.

Limited uses of plastic bags will be allowed for drycleaners, newspaper deliveries, wet or sticky items in stores, and take outs from restaurants.

The regulations apply to all retail stores, including department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, thrift stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals, among others.

Lake Forest Park, and nearby communities of Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood do not have bans.


Anonymous,  February 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM  

What they should do is ban the douche bags at City Hall.

Anonymous,  February 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM  

But unlike Edmonds, Shoreline Residents will have to pay for the privilege of getting a bag at all as there will be a charge for Paper Bags.
Residents who reuse their plastic bags over and over will have to find another method for transporting wet things, cat litter, dog poop, dirty sneakers, children's painting projects etc.. Bathroom garbage can liners will have to be purchased (along with all of the packaging that brings) and what fun it will be to clean the leaked food spillage from any Asian cuisine one might be lucky enough to purchase.
As has been proven in other cities, shrinkage will occur at a greater rate as unscrupulous "citizens" pretend to pay for purchases and walk out without paying while carting in their own bags.
Also, better keep track of that reusable bag as you will need to use it 171 times to equal the amount of energy it takes to produce a plastic bag.
Got 10 reusable bags floating around your house (that's certainly a low number for most folks)...that's 1710 times you'll need to use them before you break even energy wise compared to the plastic.
That's like saying the only thing wrong with gas is the spillage while you pump it into your car....

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