Cowlitz County Businesses Prepare for Start of Plastic Bag Ban on Friday | Local company
This means that no special preparation was required for Friday’s shift, and he also had no supply chain issues.
Thicker plastic bags are meant to reduce the number of bags used, according to Ecology, because they can support more weight, be reused and help “Washington’s transition from single-use plastic bags.”
“Single-use plastic bags are not easily recyclable, making their end-of-life management almost impossible,” Laurie Davies, manager of the solid waste management program in ecology, said in a press release. “Reducing their use will protect our rivers and streams and help our recycling system run more efficiently. “
By law, the thickest plastic bags must be made from 20% post-consumer recycled material and over 2.25 mils thick. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. After July 2022, the bags must be made of 40% recycled material and by 2025 they must be 4 mil thick. Paper bags should also be made of at least 40% post-consumer recycled material and be compostable, according to the Ecology website.
Target spokeswoman Lauren Frank said every Target store in Washington now offers an alternative to single-use plastic bags, such as paper bags or reusable plastic bags, and also offers recycling kiosks. plastic bags at the front of each store.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to provide sustainable solutions that will better serve our communities and our environment, Target is offering a five-cent rebate for every reusable bag used in all of our stores,” she said.