The Washington State Legislature passed legislation Monday that will increase the plastic barrel size requirements for all plastic barrels from five to eight ounces.
The bill was signed into law by Gov.
Jay Inslee and President Mike Pence.
It takes effect July 1.
The bill was passed with a bipartisan vote of 66-26.
The measure was sponsored by state Sen. Steve O’Donnell and Assemblyman David L. Davis, both Republicans.
The legislation requires all new plastic barrels to have a barrel that is eight ounces or less in diameter and a barrel size that is one-quarter inch or larger.
The law also allows plastic barrels with a diameter less than three ounces to have an additional three-ounce minimum diameter.
Plastic barrels with an additional one-half inch diameter will also have an extra four-ounce maximum diameter.
In total, the bill requires that plastic barrels be at least four ounces in diameter with a barrel of no more than three inches in diameter, and at least three ounces in height.
The requirements also apply to metal and fiberglass barrel sizes.
Bike racks, boats, kayaks and other recreational vehicles also must comply with the new requirements.
The law requires that manufacturers of plastic barrels have a “no-tipping” requirement that applies to the entire barrel.
The Legislature also passed a law last year that requires plastic barrel manufacturers to use a third-party company to handle the manufacturing and shipping of plastic barrel components.