By Brian Soergel
Edmonds Beacon 

Most plastic bags to be banned Oct 1


Last updated 3/16/2022 at 11:18am

Brian Soergel

Washingtonians may see fewer plastic bags littering the state's roadsides, parks, and streams beginning Oct. 1 when the statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect.

That's the plan, anyway.

And it's happy news for Edmonds resident and 21st District Rep. Strom Peterson, who championed the banning of plastic bags in Edmonds more than a decade ago.

He wrote and introduced the ordinance while on City Council.

It was in 2009 that the council voted 5-1 to make all retail establishments within the city provide only reusable bags or recyclable paper bags. No plastic.

"Edmonds led the state with the first plastic bag ordinance in Washington, so I am incredibly proud that the rest of the state will join us in this important environmental protection," he said.

Peterson sponsored the house version of the new bag ban, but it was the Senate bill that was ultimately signed into law.

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