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.
Bring Your Bag Chicago
Plastics take hundreds of years to break down and most types never truly biodegrade. As a result, wildlife can get entangled in plastic, resulting in hundreds of thousands of animal deaths every year. Plastic bags never truly go "away": because there IS no "away." Many end up in our Great Lakes and oceans where they break into smaller and smaller pieces, act as a sponge for other toxins, and are mistaken for food by marine wildlife. The toxins then travel up the food chain and into our own bodies, posing grave dangers to human health.
In 2008 plastic bag legislation was introduced in the Chicago City Council but was watered down into a plastic bag recycling program that has been a miserable failure, doing virtually nothing to solve the problems these bags create.
Chicago should join the growing list of cities in the U.S. and worldwide that are responding to this important issue. This ordinance is needed to help "nudge" consumers in the right direction. Small, collective behavioral changes will help prevent plastic pollution, protect our Great Lakes, save taxpayers millions of dollars, and reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources. The ordinance would not allow retailers over 5,000 square feet to give away free, single-use disposable plastic bags. Please support this ordinance and Bring Your Own Bag!