Olympia, WA – The Senate Energy and Technology Committee passed the Reusable Bag Bill today.
SB 5323, which will reduce plastic pollution in Washington by banning single-use plastic bags.
Environment Washington Director Bruce Speight said, “Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries. We thank Sen. Mona Das for sponsoring this important piece of legislation and the Senators on the committee who voted in support of this bill for recognizing that the time to take action to reduce single-use plastics is now.
The state of California banned single-use plastic bags in 2016. According to the Seattle Times, ‘In California, plastic bags accounted for more than 7.4 percent of litter collected on beaches during the state’s 2010 Coastal Cleanup Day. That number dropped to 3.1 percent in 2017, down from 3.4 percent in 2016.’
This committee believes this bill is a great step in the right direction as we work to protect our oceans, rivers, lands and wildlife from plastic pollution.
A companion bill has been introduced in the House, HB 1205, and will be taken up for a vote on have a hearing in House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday, February 7.