Online surveys for businesses and customers
“It’s been a bit over four months since the start date, and it’s important that we check in with customers and retailers to get a good picture of how it’s working so far,” said Terri Thomas, Education and Outreach Specialist for the county’s Solid Waste Division.
The new law prohibits most retailers from providing single-use plastic carryout bags. It also requires them to charge a minimum of five cents for large paper bags, which the stores keep. The fee helps offset the higher cost of paper bags and acts as an incentive for customers to bring reusable bags. Customers using EBT and other assistance programs are exempt from the charge.
Complying with the new ordinances required some adjustments for both retailers and their customers. Thurston County Solid Waste staff is eager to get feedback on their experiences now that the plastic bag bans have been in place for more than four months. The information from the surveys will be included in a status report on the ordinances that’s due in early 2015.
The two online surveys—one for retailers and one for customers—are available at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/