Plastic bags will be banned in the City of Issaquah starting next year.

The city council voted 5 to 2 on Monday night to approve the ban. Shoppers will also be required to pay a fee of at least 5 cents for each paper bag -- similar to the Seattle ban that's set to take effect in July.

The Issaquah ban will take effect in two stages beginning in March 2013. The ban would apply to larger businesses (7,500 square feet and greater) next year, and apply to all other businesses starting in March 2014. In addition, the council added flexibility to provide waivers for outdoor
festivals and funding for distribution of reusable bags after the initial implementation period.

Other Washington cities that have banned bags include Bellingham, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Bainbridge Island. Port Townsend is currently debating a ban.

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