The Chicago City Council today voted 36-10 to ban plastic bags in most stores next year, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The ban will go into effect in August 2015 and applies only to chain stories, which is defined as a group of three or more that has the same owner, or retail stories with more than 10,000 square feet. Smaller chain stories and franchise have an additional year to adjust to the ban, while independent stories with less than 10,000 square feet are exempt.
Retailers are told to "provide reusable bags, recyclable bags or any combination thereof."
This news might not be too surprising as a similar measure was first proposed seven years ago by Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Moreno called the bags "relics of the past," saying other options like reusable bags were available. "It's for a new Chicago, a better Chicago," Moreno said.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also supported the effort calling it "the right step to do."
As soon as the ban was passed, SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux issued the following tweets: ...