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Evanston Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Takes Effect Tuesday

Ordinance calls for tax on other types of bags at large retail stores

Starting Tuesday, plastic bags will be banned at businesses in Evanston.

The ban includes plastic pre-checkout(produce) bags.

There will also be a 10-cent tax on all bag types at large, non-restaurant, chain retail stores exceeding 10,000 square feet in that city. Consumers can avoid the tax by bringing their own bag or declining a store bag.

Going forward, 40-percent of all paper bags have to be made of recycled material. Pre-checkout (produce) bags can be made of compostable plastic or 40 percent recycled paper.

The city says the tax does not apply to:

-Bags provided by a pharmacist that contain prescription drugs

-Newspaper bags

– Bags provided by restaurants for prepared carryout or leftover food or drinks

– Bags that are used to carry items purchased pursuant to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Illinois LINK card, or a similar governmental food assistance program

The effort is part of the city’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), which aims to eliminate petroleum-based, single-use products.

Source : ABC 7 Chicago