Starting Friday, “paper or plastic” will no longer be a choice when shopping in Edmonds, as the city’s ban on single-use “checkout bags” at retail establishments takes effect.
Friday marks exactly one year since the Edmonds City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3749, which requires all retail establishments to comply by the first anniversary of passage. The ordinance also established an educational campaign — including a poster contest for local students — aimed at educating retailers and residents about the benefits of using disposable bags.
Bags provided solely for produce, bulk food or meat are not included in the ban. Also exempt are bags provided to carry out food cooked or prepared at a restaurant or other similar food and beverage establishment.
Here are a few tips from the city to help you make the transition to the new policy:
– Keep your reusable shopping bags in a location where you will remember them as you leave the house, or keep them in your car so you always have them with you.
– Don’t forget your reusable bags in the car! Use whatever type of reminder works best for you to make sure you grab your reusable bags on your way into the store.
– Bring one or two more reusable bags with you into the store than you think you’ll need just in case you buy more items than planned.
– If you forget your reusable bags or don’t have enough, ask the sales person for a paper bag or purchase a reusable bag from the establishment.
– Think twice about having the retailer provide you with a single-use bag if your purchase is small and easy to carry. If you’re buying more items than you can carry without a bag, ask the retailer to use as few bags as possible.