Washington state officials are considering legislation that would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and make manufacturers responsible for plastic waste.
The legislation being considered, House Bill 1204, would require a producer of plastic packaging to participate in a stewardship organization by 2022 or quit using packaging made in whole or in part from plastics, Food Dive reports.
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Legislation being considered in the Washington State House of Representatives would require "a producer of plastic packaging" to participate in a stewardship organization by 2022 or quit using packaging made in whole or in part from plastics. House Bill 1204 currently sits in the House Committee on Environment & Energy, which held a public hearing on the bill Feb. 7.
The Senate version, Senate Bill 5397, came before the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee on Feb. 7. The committee substituted the similar bill SB 5323, and sent it to the Ways and Means Committee, which held a public hearing on Feb. 25.
The bill in the Senate would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags, require a pass-through charge to consumers for recycled content paper carryout bags and reusable carryout bags made of film plastic, and encourage reusable and recycled content paper carryout bags by retail establishments.