Chicago City Council committee approves plastic bag ban – USAPosted on April 26, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Chicago is poised to become the next major U.S. city to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags after a City Council committee vote April 24.
“Today for Chicago is a historic day in terms of our environment and moving into a new economy,” Moreno told the Chicago Sun-Times. “These bags are a relic of yesterday’s economy. There is no evidence—none, zero—from any country, state or city that has enacted similar bans of any job loss of any business loss.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated his support for the renegotiated version of the ban, which would now affect chain and franchise stores but not independent stores and restaurants. Beginning in August 2015 chain stores — defined as a group of three or more locations with the same owner—and franchise stores of more than 10,000 square feet. Smaller chains and franchises would have another year to phase out the bags.
Independent stores and restaurants would be exempt. All stores would have to provide or sell reusable bags, recyclable paper bags or compostable plastic bags and have the option of charging for the disposable bags.