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Tacoma's plastic bag ban goes into effect on Wednesday

Tacoma's Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance goes into effect on Wednesday, which means retail stores will no longer have plastic bags at checkout. (Photo: KOMO News)

TACOMA, Wash. - People in Tacoma are getting ready to BYOB (bring their own bag) when they shopping.

The city's Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance goes into effect on Wednesday, which means retail stores will no longer have plastic bags at checkout.

Instead, customers cab bring their own reusable bags, or pay 5 cents for a paper bag from the store. Produce bags, dry cleaning bags, prepared food take-out bags and pharmacy prescription bags will continue to be available at no charge.

Customers with EBT, WIC and TANF benefits will not have to pay the paper bag fee.

The law affects all retail businesses within the city of Tacoma, including grocery stores, convenience stores, department stores and all others including temporary retailers and vendors at farmers markets and festivals.

Tacoma joins San Juan County, Thurston County and more than a dozen other cities in the state, including Seattle, Olympia and Bellingham, to implement plastic bag bans.


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