How to prepare for Chicago’s new disposable bag taxPosted on December 8, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Beginning January 1, Chicagoans may once again be faced with the age-old consumer’s’ dilemma, “paper or plastic.” That’s because the cit
Beginning January 1, Chicagoans may once again be faced with the age-old consumer’s’ dilemma, “paper or plastic.” That’s because the city’s current (ineffective) ban on plastic bags will be replaced with a 7-cent tax for every disposable bag (paper and plastic) a shopper uses.
In November, Chicago City Council unanimously approved the new tax as part of the 2017 city budget, which anticipates $9.2 million in revenue from the tax. However, Office of Budget and Management spokeswoman Molly Poppe told the Chicago Tribune that the goal isn’t to boost revenue. Instead, the city hopes the tax will lead to a reduction in the number of bags littering parks and other areas or ending up in landfills.