Evanston plastic bag ban begins in 2015

Evanston plastic bag ban begins in 2015

It’s official. The Evanston plastic bag ban will go into effect next year.

Evanston’s city council approved an ordinance to remove point-of-sale, plastic shopping bags from the city’s larger stores on July 28. The Evanston plastic bag ban will affect a total of 27 stores. However, restaurants and non-chain stores will be exempt from the new law. Plastic bags used to package meat and produce in the stores will also be exempt.

According to the Evanston Review, the city of Evanston found that plastic bags have had a negative impact on the environment, such as clogging storm drains. The 27 stores will now have to provide either paper bags, reusable bags, and/or compostable plastic bags. The ordinance states that any store found in violation of the new law will face a $150 fine.

Evanston’s plastic bag ban will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2015. A full list of stores affected by the new law can be found at http://www.cityofevanston.org/sustainability/waste-reduction-recycling/disposable-bag-reduction/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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