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CHICAGO -- The ban on plastic bags in Chicago is now in effect.

The rule impacts certain chain stores, or franchise locations that are more than 10,000 square feet.  Smaller chains and franchises will have to comply next year.

Retailers will have to offer reusable bags or paper ones, either for free or at a cost to shoppers. But, it appears some businesses are looking to get around the law. They plan to offer thicker plastic bags for free that still comply with the new law.

Two aldermen told representatives from Walgreens and Jewel-Osco that they'll push an amendment this fall to make the thicker bags illegal.

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30 comments

    • JM

      Libbyworld don’t be an idiot…. I’ve used the same 6 grocery bags for 10 years (shopping 2 – 4 times per month) and no one in my family has ever come down with a disease. Please take your political BS nonsense elsewhere!

    • JM

      Libbyworld – You’re too ignorant to realize you’re own ignorance. Please get an education and stop posting your nonsensical rants.

  • Alex

    Went to Jewel to get groceries this morning and it was a pain. I’ll be going to Niles for groceries now since I own a vehicle and have a choice…

    • JM

      Why was it a pain? Did you forget to bring your own bags? Or was it because you didn’t want to spend a couple dollars on bags that can be reused for 10 or more years? Please explain why it was such a pain that you decided you would rather drive all the way to another town to buy groceries?

  • Jim

    The only thing our city government knows how to do is restrict, regulate, and tax. If it will make your life more inconvenient or difficult, they’ll vote for it!

    • JM

      Yes, because carrying a couple of lighweight, “empty” bags into a store where you will fill them and carry them back out of the same store is “such” an inconvenience! Give me a break!

  • Bonnie Mayrens

    This law is silly and won’t solve the problems they say it will. Currently, I DO reuse the cheap, free, thin plastic bags to line my garbage can. Now, because I won’t get them anymore,I’ll end up buying new plastic garbage bags. How does that save any resources? SMH.

  • kristin

    The people who can’t live without plastic bags are the same ones who wouldn’t know how to clean a floor without a swiffer. Animals get caught in the bags and die idiots. And no one cuts down redwoods.

  • Sarah

    This same law is used in Europe and from what I know, people have been complying with it very well and it has cut down the amount of plastic bags found on the streets and in garbage disposals. People have learned to use reusable plastic bags or carry bigger purses to accommodate to the new law. From what I have heard from my family, they don’t seem to be negatively affected by it. True, it may have been a hassle at first to get used to and to remember about bringing bags to stores when going shopping. I think we just have to get used to it. But then again, this is America.

  • Lisa

    Great job aldermen….maybe Jewel and Walgreens will just close their stores in your district. Government people should be forced to own a business. They would be so much more productive for their constituents.

    • JM

      Lisa – Really? Do you actually think companies would close their doors because they can no longer provide their over charged customers with cheap plastic sacks to carry their purchased items home in? I think not! They will most certainly continue to happily take your money, don’t you worry!

  • Lisa

    And P.S. I’ve been using the same reusable bags since 2007, but no one told me to do it. In fact, it wasn’t even fashionable in 2007 when I was doing it. Consumers should be responsible and take the initiative to use the reusable bags. Don’t punish the retail businesses that are trying to make a profit and employ hundreds of people in our communities. Aldermen….get a clue!!!