Plastics pollution is widespread and threatens our waterways, wildlife and personal health. Many plastic products are difficult to recycle. Since 2019, Washington Legislature has focused on plastics when it passed a law banning single-use plastic bags and funded a plastics study.
A new single-use serviceware law is part of a package of new legislation passed in 2021 to reduce single-use plastic use and increase recycled content in bottles and trash bags. Washington State makes further progress toward waste reduction by introducing the new single-use serviceware law. Washington State makes further progress toward waste reduction by introducing the new single-use serviceware law. Beginning in 2022, restaurants and food service businesses can no longer provide single-use ware by default. Customers must request or confirm the single-use items they choose. They may also select their items from a service menu. Single-use serviceware items included in the law:
Group packaging: Packing multiple items in a single group is no longer accepted under the new law. Items must be packaged separately. Businesses save on costs, storage space and waste hauling needs, while the environment benefits from less pollution in the manufacturing and disposal of unwanted items.
Law does not apply to: Plates, bowls, or cups or other single-use packaging to contain food or beverages; Hot beverage lids; Wrappers for takeout items; Single-use items provided at medical/care facilities.