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Illinois - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Ordinance Bill 1597
Notes Senator Terry Link filed an amendment to Illinois Senate Bill 1597 that would require all retail establishments to charge a minimum of 5 cents for single-use carryout bags. Single-use carryout bag is defined in the legislation to include both paper and plastic bags. The bill also preempts home rule counties from regulating or imposing fees on auxiliary containers (including carryout bags) in a manner inconsistent with the bill. However, if a county passed an ordinance imposing a fee or tax before February 1, 2018, it may continue to do so. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Conservation.
Updated September 26, 2018


Status Inactive
Notes 2012 reviewing tax.
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Updated April 20, 2012


Status Approved
Status Date 04/30/2014
Stores Affected
"Store" means any person who engages in the business of selling tangible personal property, other than tangible personal property titled or registered with an agency of Illinois government, at retail in the City of Chicago, pursuant to the Home Rule Municipal Retailer's Occupation Tax Act, and who delivers or provides ...view more property through the use of checkout bags. view less
Fees TAX on All paper and plastic used: $0.07
Compliance Date 02/01/2017
Ordinance SO 2016-7981 (note: replaces SO 2014-1521)
Notes 10/29/2016 This would be amendment to: SO2014-1521- already approved. They want to place a 7 cent fee on both paper and plastic as part of the revenue package for the 2017 city budget. 06/02/2014 Comply by dates for stores greater than 10k square feet is 09/01/2015, comply by dates for stores less than 10k square feet is 09/01/2016. 05/01/2014 Committee on the Health & Environmental voted to advance the city ordinance banning the use of plastic carryout bags mostly aimed at grocery stores. 06/25/2013: New proposal is currently being reviewed - see the included file for more information. Mandated Recycling Program Ordinance requires certain retailers to offer in store plastic bag recycling program.
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Updated February 01, 2017


Status Approved
Status Date 07/28/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: Recyclable paper bag(s) means a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) contains no old growth fiber; (2) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; (3) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6400 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics; (4) is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in the county; (5) has printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the location (country) where the bag was manufactured, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled material used; and (6) displays the word "Recyclable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following 125 uses which, for purposes of this definition, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds requirements: (1) has a minimum lifetime of times over a distance of at least 175 feet; (2) has a minimum volume of 15 liters; (3) is machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (4) does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts; (5) has printed on the bag, or on a tag that is permanently affixed to the bag, the name of the manufacturer, the country where the bag was manufactured, a statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled material used, if any; and (6) if made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
A retail establishment with a floor area whose square footage exceeds 10,000 feet, other than an establishment set forth in Section 8-25-4, which sells perishable or non-perishable goods, including but not limited to establishments operating under the following uses as defined in Section 6-18-3: Commercial Shopping Center, Food Store Establishment, ...view more Broker, Retail Goods Establishment, or Retail Services Establishment. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 07/01/2015
Ordinance 66-0-14
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Updated July 30, 2014

Lake County

Status Mandated Recycling Program
Notes Plastic Bag Bill to pilot a plastic bag recycling program.
Updated February 16, 2012
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