EVERETT — A ban on single-use plastic bags is now in effect in Everett as part of an effort to encourage the use of recyclable bags.
The Everett Herald reports shoppers in Everett will have to purchase paper or thicker-plastic bags for 5 cents each from cashiers as the ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect Monday.
Officials say the ban also applies to restaurants and carry-out orders, with an exception for bags used to prevent spillage.
Officials say dry cleaning and newspaper sacks are permitted under the new ordinance.
Employees at a Safeway store in Everett say they have already run out of the thin plastic bags and switched to paper bags.
The store says it will sell reusable bags for $1 each.