Plastic Bag Reduction Policy Effective March 1, 2016
FAQs for Shoppers
FAQs for Businesses
Feedback & Questions
Effective March 1, 2016, plastic bags are restricted at checkout in Kirkland. Retailers may continue to provide plastic bags for takeout food, frozen food, meat, dry cleaning, newspaper delivery, and in-store plastic bags used for bulk products. Stores may continue to sell plastic bags used for garbage and pet waste. A minimum 5-cent fee, kept by the business, will be charged for full-size paper bags. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.
Suspension of Five-Cent Fee Requirement for Some Businesses until May 2017
On April 19, 2016, the Kirkland City Council approved a temporary suspension of the five cent fee that retailers are required to charge customers for grocery-size paper bags. The suspension applies to the majority of retail businesses in Kirkland. Only grocery stores, convenience stores, superstores, and pharmacies will be required to charge for large paper bags from May 1, 2016 until May 1, 2017. Other businesses (pdf) may continue to charge for bags in the interim at their discretion. Staff will be conducting outreach to retail businesses.
How the Plastic Bag Policy Works
Questions and Comments
Learn more about the plastic bag reduction policy ordinance with FAQs for business owners and residents. Educational materials are available for businesses to display or provide at checkout.
Contact the Recycling Hotline with other questions or provide feedback with our online form.