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Posted on: February 6, 2019

Bring Your Own Bag Law Goes Into Effect on June 18th

The Gig Harbor City Council passed the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) ordinance on December 10, 2018. This law goes into effect June 18, 2019. At that time all retail establishments in Gig Harbor will be required to comply.


The purpose of the BYOB law is to encourage shoppers to choose reusable bags which will help reduce waste and litter from disposable carryout bags.


The Main Elements of the Law Are:

  • Thin plastic carryout bags may no longer be distributed at any Gig Harbor retail establishments.
  • Retail establishments may collect a pass-through charge, up to the cost of the bag for each recycled paper bag requested by customers.
  • Those with EBT/WIC/TANF benefits do not pay any pass-through charge on paper bags.

The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance applies to retail establishments including:

  • grocery stores
  • department stores
  • hardware stores
  • pharmacies
  • liquor stores
  • restaurants
  • catering trucks

  • convenience stores
  • any other retail store or vendor, including temporary ones at farmers markets, street fairs, and festivals

Bags other than carryout bags, such as produce bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags and pet waste bags are not restricted by this law.

The law follows the same check out bag restriction model that 24 other communities in Washington State have implemented. For more information, please see the City's flyer on the new law and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.


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