Plastic bag ordinance

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Information about the ordinance

Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County have adopted an ordinance that bans stores from giving out many types of single-use plastic bags. Stores must also charge at least 5 cents for paper carryout bags to encourage people to bring reusable bags.

The ordinance took effect July 1, 2014. Read what businesses and consumers had to say about the ban 6 months after its implementation.

 The information below helps retailers and shoppers understand the ban.

Ordinance details and exemptions

Resources for retailers

Resources for shoppers

History of the bag ordinance project


Contact us

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at (360) 867-2491 or Thurston Solid Waste.

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