Farewell plastic bags. In case you missed it, the Port Angeles City Council voted in favor of limiting plastic grocery bags. You know, the bazillion-and-one bags that are piling up underneath your kitchen sink, those are the bags.
As of July 2, 2018, grocery, retail, and convenience stores will no longer provide thin (less than 2.25 mils) plastic carryout bags to customers.
View the BYOB Ordinance here
Did you know?
- Plastic bags can easily blow away and become litter that enters storm drains, eventually ending up in our marine environment and becoming harmful to wildlife and aquatic animals
- Plastic bags can take up to a thousand years to degrade
- Areas that adopted similar bans are reporting a 70% or more drop in plastic bag litter
If you're a retailer and want to know more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions for Retailers. You may also wish to print and post this Bring Your Own Bag poster for your customers.
If you're a shopper, our Frequently Asked Questions for Shoppers will answer many of the questions you may have.
Tips for Remembering Your Bags:
- Keep reusable bags by your door or in your vehicle
- Try keeping bags in the front of the car where you can see them
- Place a "grab the bags" sticky note on your dash or car door handle
- Small, foldable bags can fit in your purse, briefcase, backpack, or can be attached to your keychain
- Make "bring shopping bags" the first item on your grocery list
If you have any questions, please contact the Solid Waste Collections Coordinator at 360-417-4876 or by email.