The city of Kent began emailing notices Tuesday to remind residents of a change coming in March 2020 – a plastic bag ban.
Kent became the 30th jurisdiction in the state to adopt a plastic bag ban ordinance with a 7-0 City Council vote in August. The ban against distribution of carryout plastic bags at retail outlets will start March 1.
Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Kirkland and Olympia are among the cities that have banned plastic bags.
People will be encouraged to bring reusable bags when shopping or pay 8 cents per paper bag under the city ordinance. The fee helps stores offset the paper bag costs. Plastic bags used for produce, meats, flowers and other items still will be allowed.