Reducing contamination in the recycling and compost systems
Promoting reuse and recycled content
Building consistency in policy and enforcement across the state
Supporting the recycled paper industry
The State of Washington Department of Ecology states, "As Washington transitions away from single-use plastic bags, we will continue to provide technical assistance, education, and outreach materials to businesses and the public. We collaborated with local governments, retailers, business associations, and non-profits to begin this effort, and have developed a bag ban outreach toolkit that is formatted for accessibility and available in 17 languages."
Washington state will release a form for reporting observations of businesses not in compliance with the new requirements. The state will use this information to follow up with businesses to ensure their understanding of the new law. Repeated non-compliance may result in penalties.