Chapter 8.45
RETAIL CARRYOUT BAG REGULATIONS

Sections:

8.45.010    Definitions.

8.45.020    Carryout bag regulations.

8.45.030    Violations.

8.45.010 Definitions.

The following definitions apply in this chapter:

A. “Carryout bag” means a bag that is provided by a retail establishment at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure to a customer for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment. Carryout bags do not include:

1. Bags used by customers inside stores to package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, greeting cards, or small hardware items, such as nails and bolts, or to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, whether prepackaged or not, or to contain or wrap flowers or potted plants, or other items where dampness may be a problem, or to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods, or to contain prescription drugs or durable medical equipment, or to safeguard public health and safety during the transportation of prepared take-out foods and prepared liquids intended for consumption away from the retail establishment; or

2. Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags.

B. “Recyclable paper bag” means a paper carryout bag that has a manufacturer’s stated capacity of one-eighth barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger and meets the following requirements: (1) contains a minimum of 40 percent recycled materials, and (2) displays the percent of recycled content on the outside of the bag.

C. “Retail establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, public sports or entertainment facilities, government agency, street vendor or vendor at public events or festivals or organizations that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials including, without limitation, clothing, food, beverages, household goods, or personal items of any kind directly to a customer. Examples include but are not limited to department stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food vending trucks, farmers markets and temporary vendors of food and merchandise at street fairs and festivals. Food banks and other food assistance programs are not considered to be retail establishments for the purposes of this section.

D. “Single-use plastic carryout bag” means any carryout bag made in whole or in part from plastic or bioplastic that is neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse as a carryout bag or that is less than 2.25 mils thick regardless of whether the bag is marketed or labeled as “biodegradable” or “compostable.” (Ord. 13C-13 § 1).

8.45.020 Carryout bag regulations.

A. No retail establishment in the city shall provide a single-use plastic carryout bag to any customer.

B. No retail establishment in the city shall provide a paper carryout bag with a manufacturer’s stated capacity of one-eighth barrel (882 cubic inches) or larger that is not a recyclable paper bag. (Ord. 13C-13 § 1).

8.45.030 Violations.

A. A violation of any provision of this chapter constitutes a Class I civil infraction pursuant to Chapter 7.80 RCW. Each day of any violation is a separate civil infraction.

B. Issuance and disposition of infractions for violations of this chapter are in accordance with Chapter 7.80 RCW as amended, and any applicable court rules. (Ord. 13C-13 § 1).