Rep. Skyler Rude’s statement on the unanimous passage of House Bill 1145

A measure sponsored by Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla, to allow for straw pulp to be used as post-consumer recycled content for single use carry out bags has unanimously passed both the House and Senate chambers.

Rep. Skyler Rude issued this statement on the passage of the bill:

“In 2020, the Legislature passed a plastic bag ban with Senate Bill 5323. The law, which was scheduled to take effect January 1, has yet to be implemented due to a COVID-related gubernatorial proclamation. The law requires single use carry out bags to be manufactured with a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content.

“This requirement, however, did not allow for straw pulp to be used to satisfy that requirement because it is not a recycled material. House Bill 1145, which I sponsored, addresses that concern by allowing straw pulp to satisfy that requirement.

“Columbia Pulp is a valuable and innovative employer in Columbia County. Protecting and expanding the market for straw pulp products both provides a beneficial use for this wheat farming byproduct and helps secure jobs in the region.

House Bill 1145 passed the House and Senate unanimously, and now heads to the governor for signature.”


Washington State House Republican Communications