Washington State Waste & Toxics Reduction Laws

Washington State Waste & Toxics Reduction Laws

Quick Guide for Food Service Organizations and Businesses

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Ban

Effective June 1, 2024, Washington State prohibits the sale and distribution of EPS packing peanuts, single-use coolers, and food service products. Learn more about this ban on the Ecology EPS Ban webpage or contact Heather Church  509-666-1513 with questions.

Single-use Serviceware Law

Effective January 1, 2022, businesses must no longer automatically provide single-use items in customer orders. Learn more at ecology.wa.gov/serviceware .

Single-use Plastic Bag Ban

Effective October 1, 2021, this law mandates: – No single-use plastic carryout bags. – An 8¢ charge on large paper carryout bags. – An 8¢ charge on thick reusable plastic carryout bags. – No bundled utensils or pre-packaged cutlery kits. For details, contact bagban@ecy.wa.gov or visit ecology.wa.gov/bagban.

Compostable Plastic Product Labeling

Starting January 1, 2024, ensure compostable products have proper labeling features (green, beige, or brown color/striping, certifier logo, and the word “compostable”). Avoid products falsely claiming to be compostable. For more information, contact organics@ecy.wa.gov or visit ecology.wa.gov/compostable-labeling.

PFAS in Food Packaging

From February 1, 2023, and May 1, 2024, certain food packaging containing PFAS cannot be made, sold, or distributed in Washington. Request a Certificate of Compliance from manufacturers. Visit ecology.wa.gov/PFAS-food-packaging for more details.

Contact Information

– For ADA accommodations, contact Ecology at 360-407-6700 or email hwtrpubs@ecy.wa.gov. – For Relay Service or TTY, call 711 or 877-833-6341. – For information in additional languages, email SWMPublications@ecy.wa.gov or call 360-407-6900. Free language services are available.

Stay Informed and Compliant

Visit Waste & Toxics – Washington State Department of Ecology for comprehensive details on all waste and toxics reduction laws.

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