Phasing in new state law requirements
The 2021 plastics law will reduce the use of some plastics and may drive the development of new markets for Washington’s recyclable plastic. It was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 17 and will be phased in over several years.
There are two immediate provisions:
- June 25, 2021: The state no longer requires plastic bottles or other rigid plastic containers to include the “chasing arrows” symbol around the plastic resin code. The symbol can still be used, but it is no longer required.
- July - December 2021: A stakeholder committee worked to provide recycled content recommendations for plastic items not covered by the 2021 plastic law.