The Reusable Bag Act has passed in the Senate and now must pass the House! We are so close to transitioning to reusable bags in Washington State but we need your help! Will you contact your representative now and urge them to pass ESSB 5323?
Plastic bags are made from finite, nonrenewable natural gas and oil resources. We use these plastic bags for a few minutes and then discard them. Only 6% ever get recycled. Plastic bags are one of the most commonly-found items that litter state roads, beaches, and other public spaces. Bags blow into our waterways and the ocean, clog the stomachs of wildlife, and break down into smaller pieces that also get eaten. Bags clog recycling equipment by wrapping around large rollers in the system.
It is time to address plastic pollution in Washington.
More than two in three Washingtonians agree that single use plastic bags should be prohibited at retail establishments across the Evergreen State, the Northwest Progressive Institute’s most recent statewide survey has found that 69% of nine hundred Washington voters surveyed last October said that they agreed that single use plastic bags ought to be banned.
Under the bill, retailers can offer 40% post-consumer content recycled paper bags or thicker 2.25 mil reusable plastic bags, with a minimum eight cent pass-through charge that offsets their cost of providing those alternative bags. This charge helps motivate people to remember to bring their own bags. Participants in food assistance programs are exempt from the pass-through charge.
Marine debris is a major threat to water quality, wildlife, and the overall health of Puget Sound. Plastic bags are on the top ten list of most commonly found marine debris items on cleanups done in Washington State, including on Soundkeeper’s cleanups, year after year.
Contact your legislator now and urge them to pass ESSB 5323!
Thank you for your continued activism to protect and preserve Puget Sound,
P.S. Thank you to those you made it to our Clean & Abundant Waters Lobby Day yesterday - we'll have photos for you soon!
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