The City of Kirkland’s plastic bag ban went into effect on March 1, 2016. On April 5, 2016, the Kirkland City Council discussed a moratorium on the five cent fee that retailers are required to charge customers for grocery-size paper bags. They agreed to consider an ordinance at their next meeting on April 19.
If passed by the City Council, the moratorium will apply to the majority of retail businesses in Kirkland. If passed, only grocery stores, convenience stores, warehouse stores, superstores, and pharmacies will be required to charge for paper bags over the next year, and other businesses may charge for bags at their discretion.
However, until a new ordinance passes, the plastic bag reduction ordinance is still in effect and all retailers are required to charge five cents for large paper bags. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.
To read more about the plastic bag reduction and leave comments on a feedback form, please go to www.kirklandwa.gov/bringyourbag.