SEATTLE (Nov. 16, 1 p.m. ET) — Three years after voters rejected a 20 cent fee on plastic bags, officials in Seattle are looking into a single use plastic bag ban, the Seattle Times reported.
No ordinance had been proposed, but city officials have reached out to grocers and retailers in an attempt to gain support, the newspaper reported.
Seattle officials are looking to model its approach after nearby Bellingham, which enacted an ordinance earlier this year. In addition to banning plastic bag, that ordinance charges a 5 cent fee for paper bags that goes to the stores to reimburse them for the costs.
The Bellingham ordinance includes all retail stores, allows restaurants to offer plastic carry-out bags and allows plastic bags in the produce, bulk foods and meat sections of grocery stores, the newspaper reported.