City Of Chicago Bag Tax - Goes In Effect February 1, 2017

To encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags, the City of Chicago is implementing a $.07 tax on each paper and plastic bag provided by stores to customers to carry out purchased items.  Businesses will start collecting the tax on February 1, 2017.  

Some exemptions, include:

Paper and Plastic bags used to package loose bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, cookies, or small hardware items or to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, whether prepackaged or not.

Bags Provided by a pharmacist to contain prescription drugs, dry cleaning, or garment bags and newspaper bags.

Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage bags, pet waste bags or yard waste bags.

Bags provided by a dine-in or take-out restaurant to contain food or drink purchased by the restaurant's customers.

It is a good time to start the new habit now.  Take your bags to the store with you!

Paper and Plastic bags used to package loose bulk items, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, cookies, or small hardware items or to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, whether prepackaged or not.

For more information, visit: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fin/provdrs/tax_division/news/2016/december/NewCheckoutBagTax.html

 

  

Posted on January 3, 2017 .