Reduce Plastic

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The Bothell City Council is considering restricting single-use plastic bags as part of their goals for 2019-2020. Like many surrounding cities, a new ordinance could mean that plastic bags will no longer be given out at checkout in stores. Shoppers may need to bring their own reusable bag or pay for a paper bag.

We want to hear from you!

Take the single-use plastics survey online to let us know what you think.

Plastic restrictions

Currently, 32 jurisdictions in Washington have restrictions on single-use plastic bags, including our neighbors Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Kirkland. Additionally, over 300 cities across the US, seven states, five US territories, and over 120 countries regulate single-use plastic bags.

Why restrict single-use plastic bags? 

Protect the environment

Plastics never fully degrade, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces but remaining in our soil and waterways. Even in our landfill, it takes up to 1000 years for plastic bags to break down.

Decrease litter

Plastic bags increase litter in our parks and open spaces.

Improve recycling

Starting in 2020, plastic bags will not be accepted in curbside recycling bins. If they do end up in recycling bins, plastic bags get tangled in sorting machinery, causing the sorting process to stop. Not only does this slow down the process but workers have to repel into the equipment to physically untangle plastic bags.

Drop-off options to recycle plastic bags are also limited. Find a drop-off location

Bags tangled in recycling sorting equipment