Not All Plastic Banned as Chicago's New Grocery Bag Law Goes Into Effect
The new ban on plastic grocery bags in Chicago goes into effect Aug. 1, but many stores won't ditch the plastic completely.
While the flimsy plastic bags that have become synonymous with many grocery stores will no longer be available, sturdier plastic bags will join the ranks of the reusable cloth bags.
The law, which was approved by city council last year, allows stores to hand out "reusable plastic bags" that are at least 2.25 mils thick. The bags must also have handles and be able to hold at least 22 pounds of groceries at least 125 times.