According to Walmart, the organization is taking measures to reduce waste in Washington by discontinuing the use of disposable plastic carryout bags across all of its stores in the state for both checkout and pickup purposes.
The implementation of a plastic bag ban in Washington State, which commenced in October 2021, has prohibited the use of single-use plastic carryout bags. Additionally, merchants are now required to levy an 8-cent fee for new "acceptable bags" that are made with 40% recycled content. According to Walmart, the aforementioned bags will be discontinued from store checkout at their Washington state locations.
Commencing on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Walmart stores located in Washington will cease to offer plastic bags as a viable option during checkout or pickup, thereby mandating that customers utilize alternative reusable bags or containers.
Walmart has announced its intention to provide reusable bags and containers for sale in various locations throughout its stores, including at checkout areas.
According to Jane Ewing, the Senior Vice President of Walmart Sustainability, the company's initiative to eliminate single-use bags is aimed at reducing waste at their stores and contributing to the preservation of the cleanliness of communities and ecosystems in Washington. The customers in Washington express a desire for active involvement in this endeavor, and Walmart has pledged to ensure that sustainable options are readily available and convenient daily.
Walmart has implemented the elimination of paper and plastic bags in various regions, including Canada and Mexico, as well as Vermont, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, and Connecticut. As per the statement provided by the company, Walmart's decision to eliminate the use of bags in six states results in the prevention of more than 1.2 billion plastic and paper bags annually.
The stores will persist in using paper bags for their delivery services, and will also furnish disposable bags in locations where food safety is a concern or as mandated by legislation.