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
– 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