How will this ban be enforced?

Anyone will be able to report a business using prohibited bags through Washington State Department of Ecology's webpage. Washington State Department of Ecology will review complaints and respond by providing the non-compliant business with additional information, resources, and technical assistance. Though Washington State Department of Ecology intends to respond whenever possible with assistance in gaining compliance, repeated and continuous non-compliance may result in up to a $250 fine.

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1. Who does the ban apply to?
2. When did the ban go into effect?
3. What kind of bags are banned?
4. What kind of bags are allowed?
5. Are there any restrictions on customers bringing their own bags?
6. What are the exceptions to the single-use plastic bag ban?
7. What about compostable bags?
8. What are the requirements for reusable heavy-duty plastic bags sold in-store?
9. What is a “mil” (as in the 2.25 mil requirements for reusable plastic bags)?
10. Why did the state ban lightweight plastic carryout bags but allow heavyweight, thicker ones?
11. What happens to the carryout bag fee?
12. How will this ban be enforced?
13. How are low-income residents impacted?
14. What are some tips for remembering to bring reusable bags to the store?
15. How do I recycle plastic bags?