Washington state now one step closer to banning plastic bags

Washington state now one step closer to banning plastic bags

A potential ban on plastic bags in Washington state came one step closer to reality Tuesday night.

The state senate passed SB 5323, which would ban stores across the state from giving out single-use plastic bags starting in 2020 in an effort to reduce pollution.

It would also require any other bags, like paper grocery bags, to cost 8 cents each and to contain at least 40 percent recycled material.

Smaller plastic bags, like the ones used for fruits and vegetables, would be exempt from the ban.

The measure passed Washington’s senate with a 31-14 majority. It now heads to the house.

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