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BYOB Ordinance Timeline

Timeline of Events 

 

March 23, 2020

Effective immediately, the City of Tacoma has suspended enforcement of the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Ordinance during the declared state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

The temporary suspension comes at the request of grocers throughout the area and is a measure to preserve public health during the declared state of emergency. Current disruptions of supply chains are being compounded by increased consumer demand for groceries and other goods, making it nearly impossible to obtain adequate quantities of paper bags or heavier gauge plastic bags to meet consumer demand. In addition, the reuse of customer-owned bags may increase the possibility of transmitting the novel coronavirus, putting grocery workers, who are a critical part of the food supply chain, and customers at risk.

By increasing availability of bags during this time of high demand, this legislation will also reduce barriers to consumer’s ability to transport their groceries and other goods to their homes. This is especially important to people reliant on public transportation, bicycles, or walking transportation.

 

As you may have already experienced, grocery stores around Tacoma have implemented bagging measures that vary between stores. If you do bring your own bags, you may be asked to bag the items yourself, or the store may have suspended use of reusable bags altogether.


Shoppers should contact their local grocery stores to learn more about the bag guidelines each establishment has put into place during the pandemic.

 

July 12, 2017

The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance went into effect.

 

July 12, 2016

City Council passed the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) ordinance during the Council meeting. The law regulates the use of carryout bags and will go into effect in one year. Council also discussed a substitute ordinance which did not pass.

 

June 28, 2016

City Council heard the first reading of the Bring Your Own Bag ordinance during the Council meeting. Jim Parvey presented this ordinance and gave background information as well as implementation plans.

 

May 10, 2016

Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff presented the draft Bring Your Own Bag ordinance and implementation plans to City Council during study session. View the BYOB presentation.

 

April 27, 2016

Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff presented the draft Bring Your Own Bag ordinance and implementation plans to City Council's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee.

 

March 29, 2016

The City of Tacoma hosted the Disposable Shopping Bags Public Forum at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library to gather feedback on the proposed shopping bag ordinance and implementation plans. About 60 members of the community attended the forum, and written and oral comments were broad in nature with equal numbers in favor and opposition.

 

February 24, 2016

Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability staff presented the results of the public and business surveys to City Council's Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability Committee (IPS). This presentation included the Sustainable Tacoma Commission recommendation to adopt an ordinance following the "Bellingham Model." IPS asked staff to draft an ordinance following the Bellingham Model and continue to engage the public for feedback. Bellingham's ordinance bans single-use plastic shopping bags and charges a fee for paper shopping bags.

 

November 23, 2015 - January 15, 2016

Public and business surveys were available online. The public survey received 2,188 responses; the business survey received 84 responses. View the results of the public and business surveys.