Plastic bag ordinance

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Resources for shoppers

There are many websites and store locations where you can purchase a variety of reusable bags to replace disposables.

Remember to B.Y.O.Bag

Remembering to bring your reusable bags when you shop is like learning any new habit—you can do it with time and practice.If you have trouble remembering to bring your bags with you, try these handy reminders:

  • Make "bring shopping bags" the first item on your grocery list.
  • Keep a bag at the office, in your purse, or in your
  • Hang the bags on your front door knob, or place them with your car keys.
  • Make yourself a colorful door hanger for the house.
  • Right after you empty your bags, wash or sanitize them. Put them right back in your car when they are dry.
  • Keep your bags in the front seat of your car so you can see them.
  • Place a “grab the bags” sticky note on your dash or car door handle.
  • Give your little ones the job of remembering the bags when you go shopping.
  • Charge yourself a dollar every time you forget your bags. Donate the money to charity.

Keep your bags clean

Don't forget to wash your bags regularly! Just like kitchen sponges, towels and surfaces, your reusable bags can hold bacteria and viruss, and need to be washed regularly. Thurston County Public Health has guidelines for safe reusable bag use (external).

Contact us

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

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