Did you know that single-use, disposable plastic bags cost Chicago taxpayers over $40 MILLION a year embedded in our grocery bills? And that doesn’t include the unquantifiable costs of cleaning up clogged storm drains, litter in our environment, and harm to local wildlife and beyond. Small particles of plastic eventually end up in our food chain, posing a danger to human health. In an effort to encourage the use of reusable bags, Alderman Joe Moreno, along with six co-signers, has proposed legislation stating that Chicago retail establishments larger than 5,000 square feet will no longer be able to provide free single-use plastic bags to customers. By signing below, you are showing support for legislation in Chicago that will encourage and support the use of reusable bags.
The first hearing for this ordinance was on June 18, 2013 at Chicago City Hall, and we received overwhelming support for this legislation. We were promised a second hearing and a VOTE at that hearing. Now, it's up to Rahm to give the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection its second hearing as promised. We are petitioning Rahm Emanuel directly and letting him know we want him to grant us a second hearing in the next few months. It's time, Chicago! Please support us in petitioning Mayor Emanuel and spread our petition around through your social networks. Thank you! Let's BE the CHANGE.