Tacoma City Council approves plastic bag ban on 8-1 vote
TACOMA -- Tacoma will join 14 other Washington jurisdictions who have plastic bag bans, including Seattle. The Tacoma City Council voted 8-1 to approve the ban Tuesday night. However, it will not take effect for a year. Seattle's ban is considered the preferred model across the nation. At a Seattle City Council meeting Tuesday, Seattle Public Utilities reported the success of the program. It saw a nearly 50% decrease in plastic bags in residential garbage from 262 tons in 2010 to 136 tons in 2014. A greater decline was seen in commercial or self haul at 78% decline from 273 tons in 2008 to 59 tons in 2012.