Olympia, WA Reusable Bag Ordinance

Themes

Chapter: Capitol - Olympia
State: WA
Country: USA
Theme: Rise Abo
Launch Date: November 02 2011
Completion Date: October 17 2013
Status: Victory

Goal
The Surfrider Capitol Chapter in Olympia helped to pass an ordinance bans plastic checkout bags at all retailers and includes a minimum five cent fee on paper bags as the incentive to remember reusable bags or go without a bag for small purchases.

In October 2013, Olympia City Council unanimously passed a Reusable Bag Ordinance Based on the Thurston County model.  The ordinance bans plastic checkout bags at all retailers and includes a minimum five cent fee on paper bags as the incentive to remember reusable bags or go without a bag for small purchases.  The ordinance will be effective July 1, 2014.  The Surfrider Capitol Chapter in Olympia helped to generate public support for the ordinance and sent in official support letter to City Council.