plastic bag ban 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 Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff http://kplu.org/post/unexpected-consequence-seattles-bag-ban-carrying-stuff <p>It&rsquo;s been a month since single-use plastic shopping bags <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-ban-plastic-shopping-bags-kicks-soon">were banned in Seattle</a>. Now, if you buy groceries, clothes or pretty much anything else, you can either bring your own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper one.&nbsp;</p><p>At KPLU, some of us have had to admit it &ndash; instead of paying the 5 cents, we loaded our arms with our new purchases and tramped off to our car/bus/home.</p><p>And, we&rsquo;re not alone.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:15:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5840 at http://kplu.org Unexpected consequence of Seattle's bag ban: Carrying stuff 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 Major grocery stores support statewide ban on plastic bags http://kplu.org/post/major-grocery-stores-support-statewide-ban-plastic-bags <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:17:01 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3690 at http://kplu.org Like plastic bags? Hate 'em? Let the Seattle Council know tonight http://kplu.org/post/plastic-bags-hate-em-let-seattle-council-know-tonight <p>The Seattle City Council is considering a ban on thin single-use plastic bags at checkout stands. The ban will also include a pass-through fee of 5 cents for paper bags.</p><p>The council is holding a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 5:30</p><p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:13:19 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 3362 at http://kplu.org Plastic bag ban back on Seattle council's agenda http://kplu.org/post/plastic-bag-ban-back-seattle-councils-agenda <p>&quot;Paper or plastic?&quot;</p><p>Seattle wants to take that choice away in order to save the environment and money. The city council is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags, because they are harmful to marine wildlife as well as to recycling machinery.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 21:26:34 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3235 at http://kplu.org Plastic bag ban back on Seattle council's agenda 'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics http://kplu.org/post/bag-your-bags-king-county-says-troublesome-plastics <p>If you&rsquo;re confused about what to do with the plastic bags you get at grocery stores, you&rsquo;re not alone.&nbsp;</p><p>Many people know that they&rsquo;re bad for the environment and that they can be recycled, but how to recycle them is another question.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:30:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3208 at http://kplu.org 'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics 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