A City Council committee meets this afternoon to discuss a proposal to ban plastic bags in Chicago.
Under the proposal the ban would go into effect in August of 2015 for chain stores or franchise stores of more than 10,000 square feet. Smaller chain stores and franchises would have to comply in 2016. Independent stores and restaurants would be exempted.
The aim of the proposed ban is to dramatically lower the number of bags found on streets and in trees, sewers and landfills.
Among those supporting the proposal are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, chairman of the Health and Environmental Protection Committee.