WASHINGTON (April 13, 11:30 a.m. ET) — Bainbridge Island — which sits in Puget Sound between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula — has become the 70th community in the United States and the fifth in the state of Washington to ban single-use plastic bags.
The plastic bag ban for the island, which has approximately 25,000 residents, was approved unanimously April 11 and is scheduled to go into effect Nov. 1. The new law also places a 5-cent fee on paper bags handed out at checkout counters.
Bainbridge is approximately a 35-minute ferry ride west of Seattle. The other communities with plastic bag bans in the state of Washington are Seattle, Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo.