Bring Your Bag! Plastic Bag Reduction Policy Coming March 2016

On February 17, 2015, the Kirkland City Council voted to adopt a plastic bag reduction policy ordinance which will restrict retailers from offering disposable plastic bags to consumers after March 1, 2016. Other nearby cities that have adopted plastic bag reduction policies include Seattle, Issaquah, Shoreline, Mercer Island, and Edmonds.

Plastic bags are restricted; large paper bags have a required five-cent fee; small paper bags and in-store plastic bags are permitted; we encourage reusable bags

The new policy provides an incentive to consumers to bring their own reusable bags to the store by requiring retailers to charge at least five cents for each large paper shopping bag. Retailers may continue to provide plastic bags for such items as bulk and frozen foods, meat and fish, take-out foods, and newspaper, dry cleaning, and pet waste. Get more specifics from our resident FAQs.

reusable bag stationOver the course of 2015, Kirkland staff implemented an education and outreach effort which included the distribution of thousands of high quality reusable bags to residents. Free bags are available for residents at City Hall. For more information on the plastic bag ordinance, please visit or contact the Kirkland Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or by email at