DOUGLAS COUNTY SOLID WASTE
NEWS & EVENTS
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~ ~WASHINGTON STATE BAG LAW~ ~
When the bag ban goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2021, anyone may submit an observation of businesses not in compliance with the new requirements using our reporting form. We will use this information to follow up with businesses to ensure their understanding of the new law. Repeated non-compliance may result in penalties.
Every year Washingtonians use 2 billion single-use plastic bags
Plastic bags are a big problem in the recycling system
Plastic bags contain chemicals that are toxic once released into the environment
Plastic bags cost retailers money
Plastic pollution poses both physical and chemical threats to the marine environment
Reusable bags or recyclable paper bags are a better alternative
When the law becomes effective on October 1, it will:
Prohibit single-use plastic carryout bags in all retail and grocery stores, restaurants, takeout establishments, festivals, and markets.
Require an 8-cent charge for all recycled content paper carryout bags and reusable carryout bags made of film plastic.
The fee may not be collected from anyone using a voucher or electronic benefits card issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assitance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Assistance Program (FAP).
Require a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and meet composting requirements in all retail-provided paper bags.
Require that a reusable bag made of plastic film contain 20% post-consumer recycled content and be at least 2.25 mil thick.
Require compliant paper and reusable plastic film bags to be labeled with the above specifications
Create consistent policy and fees across the state.
This ban does not apply to food banks and food assistance programs, however, those programs are encouraged to take actions to reduce the use of single-use plastic carryout bags.
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Tue Feb. 15
Wed Mar. 9
- There are no alerts at this time.
Fri Mar. 25
Sat Mar. 26
Wed Apr. 6 - Sat Apr. 9
HOMELESS CAMPS ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN DOUGLAS COUNTY THAT HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP BY OUR PROGRAM.
Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan
The Douglas County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (DCCSWMP) (PDF) has been developed to provide elected officials, regulatory authorities, generators, contractors and the general public within the Regional Planning Area (RPA) with a set of recommendations for managing solid and moderate risk wastes for the six year implementation period. The DCCSWMP includes the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Douglas County, except the City of Coulee Dam, which, for the purpose of solid waste planning, is under the jurisdiction of Grant County.