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June 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Issaquah is the latest city to ban grocery-store plastic bags

Issaquah has become the sixth Washington city to approve a ban on grocery-store carry-out plastic bags.

The Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 Monday night in favor of the ban after a lengthy hearing, said City Councilman Mark Mullet, who backed the ban.   It will take effect March 1 next year.

Other Washington cities that have voted to ban plastic bags are Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Bainbridge Island.

Seattle’s measure takes effect July 1.  It bans plastic carry-out grocery sacks, but does not prohibit plastic bags used for produce and bulk food.  It will also include a 5-cent charge on grocery-store paper sacks.

Robb Krehbiel of Environment Washington said several other cities are considering bans, and a statewide ban will be proposed to the Legislature.

Plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon, Krehbiel said.  In 2010, a beached grey whale in West Seattle was found with 20 plastic bags in its stomach.

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