Six months into Thurston County's plastic ban, things are looking a little less, well, plastic-y.
Approximately 3 percent of residents reported carrying out their purchases in single-use plastic bags, according to a survey conducted by the Thurston County Solid Waste Division. Before the ban, that number was 63 percent. Use of reusable bags has gone from 20 percent to 53 percent.
Forty-six percent of residents and 51 percent of businesses that took the survey feel that the ban should be kept in place or expanded to other jurisdictions. Nearly 30 percent of businesses responded that customers are not spending as much as they were before the plastic bag ban took effect.
Over 7,300 residents — but only 65 businesses — participated in the survey. The Solid Waste Division will conduct another survey on the ordinance in July 2016.
To read the full survey, visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/bags/bags-six-month-report.html