(Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com)
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A ban on single-use plastic bags is set to go into effect in a Washington state city as part of an effort to encourage the use of recyclable bags.
The Everett Herald reports shoppers in Everett will have to purchase paper or thicker-plastic bag for 5 cents each from cashiers as the ban on single-use bags takes effect Monday.
Officials say the ban also applies to restaurants and carry-out orders, with an exception for bags used to prevent spillage.
Officials say dry cleaning and newspaper sacks are permitted under the new ordinance.
Employees at a Safeway store in Everett say they have already run out of the thin, plastic bags and switched to paper bags.
The store says it will sell reusable bags for $1 each.