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Shopping Bag Restrictions

On December 20, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation delaying implementation of a state-wide law related to single-use plastic bags.


The governor is delaying the new law's implementation due to supply issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which are affecting their ability to procure the alternative bags, including:

  • Increased demand for paper and thicker plastic bags, due to increased demand for takeout and groceries;
  • Retailers asking customers not to bring bags from home, to protect workers; and
    Thicker plastic bag manufacturers transitioning their facilities to manufacture hospital gowns and other PPE.
  • This order is effective December 31 and it will expire at 11:59 PM on January 30, 2021 unless further extended by the Legislature.

    Read the full proclamation here.

Once implemented, the Washington State Department of Ecology will manage all enforcement of the state-wide plastic bag ban. Click here to view details on the state-wide plastic bag ban.


This state-wide law will replace the City of Tacoma Bring Your Own Bag ordinance. Tacoma's local ordinance has also been suspended due to COVID-19.


As of March 23, 2020, the City of Tacoma has temporarily suspended enforcement of the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Ordinance during the declared state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in order to meet increasing demand for groceries and other supplies, and to protect the health of grocery workers and shoppers.

Read more about the suspension of Tacoma's Bring Your Own Bag ordinance.


This page will be updated when new information becomes available. For questions, contact the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability at sustainability@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5172.