Plastic bag ban effective Aug. 1, some stores offering reusable bags

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CHICAGO -- Chicago’s ban on the plastic shopping bags used to carry groceries and other items takes effect August 1.

The bags will be banned in larger retail stores like Jewel or Walmart, but will still be permitted in smaller mom and pop shops.

Jewel plans on providing shoppers who don’t bring their own reusable bags with a more sturdy plastic bag that can be used up to 125 times.

But opponents want to amend the ordinance, because they believe shoppers won’t reuse those bags without some incentive.

Bring Your Bag Chicago would like to see a 10 cent charge to make shoppers think twice about tossing the bags after one use.

Taxes and charges on throw away bags in other cities have reduced the number used and those which end up littering streets.

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      • willmette

        Great now we have to buy bags, but isn’t that that your answer for everything? Pay more, even if it means twice as many bags.
        Most people will now get paper bags which are worse for the environment and harder to recycle.

  • Marc 'Moose' Moder

    You guys should probably expand on this and clarify it’s really only for Big Box stores over 10,000 square feet. Smaller Mom and Pop stores are good, as mentioned but so is any major chain too, as long as they’re under 10,000.

  • Nancy

    Does this only apply to the City of Chicago stores or are other suburbs besides Evanston planning on using this “recycle effort” also?

  • Tom

    What would have been better then a ban is a deposit on the bags. I save all my plastic bags I get at the store and take them back they all have those boxes to put them in.

  • gwen

    bring your own bags , they will be paying for extra store security, for store theft and not so bright will attempt to say I already paid for merchandise , brought from outside, oh wait lets bring in strollers , suit cases with wheels, and your accusing me for know reason…… HAVE I SAID ENOUGH, ………………

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