Grocery bags http://kplu.org en Olympia Becomes 10th Wash. City to Ban Plastic Bags http://kplu.org/post/olympia-becomes-10th-wash-city-ban-plastic-bags <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Olympia has become the tenth city in Washington to ban disposable plastic bags from retail stores.</span></p><p>A unanimous vote from the Olympia City Council means starting in July, shoppers will have to bring their own reusable totes or pay 5 cents for a paper bag. Olympia joins nearby Tumwater and unincorporated Thurston County in enacting the ban.</p><p>Katrina Rosen, field director with Environment Washington, says the news is evidence of the growing movement spreading in the south Sound.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:40:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10394 at http://kplu.org Olympia Becomes 10th Wash. City to Ban Plastic Bags Ready for a statewide ban on plastic bags? http://kplu.org/post/ready-statewide-ban-plastic-bags <p>If you&rsquo;ve shopped in Seattle lately, you&rsquo;re probably aware of the ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags that started July 1. Now, you have to bring your own re-usable tote, or pay five cents for a paper bag.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the second law of its kind to take effect in Washington. And with five more recently approved in cities from Issaquah to Port Townsend, momentum is growing for a possible statewide ban.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:28:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5509 at http://kplu.org Ready for a statewide ban on plastic bags? Seattle ban on plastic shopping bags kicks in soon http://kplu.org/post/seattle-ban-plastic-shopping-bags-kicks-soon <p>They may be sorely missed by many dog owners in Seattle, who use them for cleaning up after fido. But they pollute our waterways, get stuck in the gears at recycling plants, harm marine wildlife and never break down completely.&nbsp;</p><p>We&#39;re talking about thin plastic shopping bags, which are becoming a thing of the past at cash registers in Seattle, effective <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Recycling/ReduceReuseExchange/PlasticBagBan/index.htm">July first</a>.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:11:19 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5334 at http://kplu.org Seattle ban on plastic shopping bags kicks in soon City by city, plastic bag bans gaining momentum http://kplu.org/post/city-city-plastic-bag-bans-gaining-momentum <p>A plastic bag ban ordinance modeled after the ones already passed in Bellingham and Seattle is on the agenda of two suburban Puget Sound cities this week.</p><p>Bainbridge Island&rsquo;s council is holding a public hearing on the issue tonight (Wednesday, 5:30 pm.) The hearing can be monitored via <a href="http://www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/default.aspx?CalendarDate=02/15/2012">webcast</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:57:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4169 at http://kplu.org City by city, plastic bag bans gaining momentum Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try http://kplu.org/post/ban-plastic-bags-seattle-group-gearing-one-more-try <p>When you go to the grocery store, it&rsquo;s easy to forget to bring a reusable bag with you.</p><p>But the consequences of just taking the plastic bags that are doled out at most grocery chains is devastating to the health of local waters and wildlife. That&rsquo;s the message from <a href="http://www.environmentwashington.org/">Environment Washington</a> &ndash; a group that has issued a renewed call for a ban on plastic at checkout stands in Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 01:50:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3207 at http://kplu.org Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try Bellingham bans disposable plastic bags http://kplu.org/post/bellingham-bans-disposable-plastic-bags <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. &ndash; The Bellingham City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic bags in an effort to cut down on litter and pollution.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:38:52 +0000 The Associated Press 2066 at http://kplu.org Bellingham bans disposable plastic bags