Bag makers brace for the start of Chicago’s bag ban

Posted on July 31, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

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The measure, which goes into effect Aug. 1, requires stores to provide shoppers with reusable or recyclable bags of any material or commercially compostable plastic bags. At the start, the restriction applies only to chain stores — defined as three or more under the same ownership — and franchises larger than 10,000 square feet. Smaller stores have another year before the ban affects them, and restaurants are exempt. Penalty fees can range from $300 to $500 for each day of infractions.

It does appear from this article that it is a good measure to take but sellers and bag manufacturers seem to be looking at ways to get around the meaning of the ban.