Plastic producer registration and reporting

Producers of certain plastic items in Washington must register with us and begin paying annual fees starting in 2022. 

Initial invoices for annual fees were sent to producers at the end of August. To correct an error in this year’s registration, annual fees will be recalculated and most producers can expect a second invoice in October 2022.

 

Products required to meet recycled-content minimums

  • Plastic trash bags
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Plastic bottles for household cleaning and personal care products

Learn more about covered products

Who is the producer?

Unless otherwise stated in the law:

The manufacturer is the person or entity who is the final authority on decisions about the container in which a covered product is offered as a finished retail product. 

  • For plastic trash bags, this means the obligated producer is the person or entity that specifies the design of the trash bag.
  • For beverages and household cleaning and personal care products that use plastic containers, this means the obligated producer is the person or entity who is the final authority on decisions about the container in which a covered product is offered.  

We will assume the brand owner is the producer unless we are provided with contrary evidence.

There are many different types of producers, products and supply chains. This aims to provide additional guidance to questions we have received. It may not cover every possible scenario. New details regarding producer obligations may be provided as Ecology gets additional information and through the rulemaking and guidance development process.

Plastic producer registration list

2022 Annual fee calculation and billing

Starting in 2022, all covered producers must pay an annual fee. These producers are required to pay their share of administration costs identified in the annual workload analysis. This includes the cost of rulemaking.

The annual Producer Fee distribution calculation uses the Program Administration Fee formula:

Program Administration Fee = Ecology Workload Cost x [(Individual Producer Resin pounds)/ (Washington Resin Total pounds)]

The resin pounds represent the total non-de minimis plastic resin weight submitted during registration for all categories.

We will continue to develop fee calculations for future years through rulemaking. Until the rule is adopted (anticipated in late 2023), a general order will be issued to all producers of covered products. The general order describes the fee calculation and requirements under state law. The general order will be attached to this year’s producer invoices.

Additional 2022 annual fee invoice

Most producers can expect a second invoice for their recalculated 2022 annual fee. After the initial calculation and invoicing for the 2022 annual fee, a registration error has prompted us to recalculate fees for all producers, to ensure that everyone is charged equitably. 

Payment is due 30 days after the invoice date.

  • If you already paid the initial invoice, you will still need to pay the amount of the second invoice. 
  • If you have not yet paid the initial invoice, you must pay both invoices.

We appreciate your patience as we and producers work through the first year of this law’s implementation.