The island’s ban on plastic shopping bags begins Thursday. We’ve
posted some of the basics below. Let us know what you think of the
bag ban by taking our poll below or leaving a comment.
Why a bag ban?
The City Council
unanimously approved the bag ban this spring as a way of
reducing litter and unnecessary waste, while promoting reusable
bags. Bainbridge is the fifth Washington city to ban plastic bags
and the first in Kitsap County. Seattle
banned plastic shopping bags in July.
What are the rules?
Starting Thursday, retailers are no longer allowed to provide
those thin, single-use plastic bags at checkout. Paper bags will
still be available, but the ordinance requires retailers to charge
5 cents for larger paper bags (this doesn’t apply to qualifying low
There are a few exceptions to the ban. Plastic bags are allowed
for restaurant take-out food, produce, greeting cards, small
hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning and waste.
What stores does this apply to?
Short answer: All of them. This ban applies to all retailers
across the island, not just supermarkets. It also applies to
farmers markets and vendors at festivals. Food banks can
still use plastic bags.
Where can I get reusable bags?
Reusable bags are available at island grocery stores and some
other retailers. The city is handing out
a cloth “Bainbridge Bag” tonight during the Winslow
trick-or-treat event from 4-6 p.m, and at the library and City Hall
Where can I get more information?
The city has more details and links on its Sustainable
Practices page. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty,
read the ordinance here. Watch for a full bag ban story
Thursday in the Kitsap Sun.
Photo credit: Larry Steagall/Staff Photo