Seattle's plastic bag ban takes effect; plastic bags no longer available at most retail stores, paper bags available for 5 cents each; Seattle Public Utilities, Safeway give away 32,000 reusable grocery bags to help shoppers make transition

SEATTLE , July 1, 2012 () – Seattle's plastic bag ban begins on Sunday.

KING-TV reports that plastic bags will no longer be available at most retail stores. Stores will charge customers 5 cents for paper bags.

The ban is designed to encourage the use of reusable bags.

To help shoppers, Seattle Public Utilities and Safeway are giving away 32,000 reusable grocery bags at the grocery stores on Sunday.

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