Thurston County, WA, Sept. 24, 2013 (PBBR) - The Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance today that will ban the use of most plastic carryout bags in unincorporated Thurston County starting July 1 next year. Commissioners voted to approve the ban after a public hearing on the legislation.
"You know, we've been grappling with this issue for more than two years with industry experts and citizens and a whole host of stakeholders," said Thurston County Commission Chair Sandra Romero. "But the fact is, the costs of trying to manage plastic film are mounting, and the environmental damage is mounting. This ordinance is our best chance to get a handle on the problems our community faces with plastic bags."
Terri Thomas of Thurston County's Solid Waste Division said that Thurston County used approximately 90 million plastic bags each year.
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