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"It's about the environment, it's about the economy, it's about the people," states a Health and Environmenral Protection advocate, who wants to ban plastic bags from Chicago retail stores.
When plastic bags degrade, the "plastic particles get into lakes and rivers" indefinately and affects the water quality. Apparently, plastic bags make up about 2 percent of the Chicago, IL's waste stream.
The ammendment to ban plastic bags, that is supported by schoolchildren as well, would "prohibit retail stores larger than 5,000 square feet from providing customers with plastic bags." Stores would be required to to provide or sell resuable bags to their customers. An exception to use small plastic bags would only be for produce or meat products.
On the opposing side, If the new proposition gets approved, it would be a significant added cost to the merchants, if they start providing biodegradable or paper bags to their customers.
The city council committee chairman , George Cardanas, shows interest in the possible future ban, however, the decision is to be determined at a later date next month.
Source: Red Eye