Chicago City Council passes plastic bag ban

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Chicago aldermen voted 36-10 to ban plastic bags in large chain and franchise stores. The new rule will first go into effect in August 2015. Smaller stores will have to get rid of plastic bags a year later.

“I think this plan will push manufacturers to manufacture plastic that is more recyclable, that is more compostable, that is better for the environment and also better for consumers,” said Ald. Geore Cardenas, of the 12th Ward.

Councilman will also decide if large grocery stores should be allowed to sell liquor on Sundays beginning at 8 a.m. instead of 11 a.m.

They will also consider rules for ride-sharing services, pedicab drivers, and food trucks.

First Ward Ald. Joe Moreno believes the food truck industry should be expanded and more accessible.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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