We, the undersigned Washington businesses and organizations, are strongly supportive of adopting a statewide policy aimed at reducing the impacts of plastic pollution associated with single-use plastic carry-out bags.
It is estimated that Washingtonians use approximately 2 billion single-use plastic carry-out bags annually. These thin plastic bags are used for only a few minutes and discarded. Only 6% of these bags are ever recycled. Plastic bags blow into our waterways and the ocean, clog the stomachs of wildlife, and break down into smaller pieces that make their way into the food chain. Plastic bags also clog recycling equipment – costing money because they must be extracted – and are the major contaminant in our commercial compost. The Reusable Bag Bill would eliminate thin carry-out plastic bags at all retail establishments and include a pass-through charge to motivate people to bring their own reusable bags and help cover the stores’ cost of more expensive bags.
As stewards of our waterways, beaches, Salish Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, and as business leaders in our local communities, we ask for your leadership in protecting our public land, waters, and communities from the impacts of single-use plastics by supporting the Washington Reusable Bag Bill.