Washington Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags - Oceana USA

Victory | March 25, 2019

Washington Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Washington state’s plastic bag ban, which took effect on October 1,2021, reduces ocean-bound plastic pollution by prohibiting retailers from providing single-use plastic bags. Retailers can provide paper bags or reusable plastic bags for an 8-cent fee. Plastic bags are one of the most common waste items that entangle and harm marine life. Sea turtles and other marine life often mistake plastic bags for food, which can prove deadly. Thanks to campaigning by Oceana and allies, this ban will help protect marine life in the region.