Plastic Bag Ban Bill Heard Monday in Olympia

Plastic Bag Ban

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A controversial bill to ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores and retail outlets was heard Monday by members of the House Environment and Education Committee.

HB 1205 would create a statewide ban of single-use plastic bags across the entire state of Washington.

Supporters of the controversial bill say this would build on the 27 local plastic bag bans across the state.

Director Bruce Speight, Environment Washington, said. “Plastic has been documented in hundreds of species of marine life, including gray whales found washed up on the shores of the Salish Sea, 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species. Ingesting these fragments is often fatal. Toxic chemicals in plastic can harm animals’ health—and people can ingest these chemicals as they make their way up the food chain." Speight went on to say, "Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries. That’s why we’re calling on state leaders to ban single-use plastic bags in Washington."

A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate, SB 5323, and will have a hearing in Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee on Thursday, January 24th.

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