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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