Plastic producer registration and reporting

Producers of certain plastic items in Washington must register with us by June 15, 2022. Annual fees will also be due from producers beginning in 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

Producers must pay annual fees starting in 2022

All covered producers are required to pay their share of administration costs identified in our annual workload analysis. This includes the cost of rulemaking. All producers must pay an annual fee beginning in 2022.

Until rules are adopted (anticipated in late 2023), a general order will be issued to all producers of covered products that are adequate to cover, but not exceed our annual workload analysis.

Producers will receive an invoice by the end of July 2022, and payment will be due to Ecology within 30 days of invoice receipt. Exact dates are to be determined.

Annual fees based on total amount of plastic used

Annual fees will be based on the total pounds of plastic used for each category of covered products sold, offered for sale, or distributed into Washington state. This is includes virgin plastic, post-consumer plastic, and post-industrial plastic.

If a producer or third-party representative successfully demonstrates that state-level data are not available or feasible to generate, they may submit national data allocated on a per capita basis for Washington to satisfy the information requirement in this subsection.