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Plastic Bag Changes Coming to Kent in March

The City Council-approved plastic bag ordinance goes into effect March 1, 2020.

Last summer, the Kent City Council passed an ordinance that regulates the use of plastic bags at retail outlets. Here's what you need to know.
Post Date:12/31/2019 10:33 am

 Kent's plastic bag ban goes into effective March 1, 2020.













We're just two months away from the implementation of the plastic bag ordinance, passed by Kent City Council last summer. That means one aspect of your shopping trips to the grocery store, discount store and other Kent retailers is going to change. 

Starting March 1, Kent retailers will:

  • No longer provide thin plastic bags at checkout
  • Charge customers $0.08 for each thick plastic or paper bag they request at checkout
  • Not charge customers with WIC, TANF, SNAP, or FAP benefits for thick plastic or paper bags requested at checkout

Retailers will keep all fees collected at checkout but continue to provide other bags for free. These no-cost bags include plastic bags for produce, bulk products and dry cleaning, as well as paper bags for baked goods, prescriptions and hardware.

The transition to reusable bags doesn't have to be hard though. Remember to bring your own bags on your shopping trips, and this change won't affect you. Here are some tips from our staff recycling experts:

  • Put "bring bags" at the top of your grocery lists, whether you use a paper list or an app.
  • Keep reusable bags in your backpack, gym bag or purse.
  • Store reusable bags in your vehicle.
  • Hang reusable bags near your home's main entry.
  • Post a "bring shopping bags" sticky note on your dashboard.

Have questions? We've got answers! Visit for more tips and FAQs.

City staff will be handing out free reusable bags at retailers throughout Kent. Stop by and get your free reusable bag, while supplies last. One bag per customer please. Kent residents can also pick up free reusable bags at the Customer Service counter at the Centennial Center (400 W. Gowe St.), next to City Hall, during regular business hours.





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