New Chicago Seven Cent Bag Tax Takes Effect February 1st

Starting this Wednesday, the City of Chicago will implement a $0.07 tax per each bag received at retailers. The new tax will apply to both paper and plastic bags and the consumer will be responsible for the tax on each bag received upon check-out. To avoid the tax, shoppers are encouraged to bring reusable bags when shopping.

In the event city residents are looking to obtain reusable shopping bags, there are several free opportunities listed below:

- The City of Chicago will be handing out around 25,000 free, reusable bags outside CTA stations Wednesday.

- Jewel-Osco will also be giving the first 100 shoppers free bags on Saturday.

- Whole Foods will also be giving free bags to customers on Wednesday.

To remind consumers, the tax will apply to ALL retailers alike. According to the Chicago Tribune, many retailers will be passing the tax along to their customers including: Walgreens, Jewl-Osco, Whole Foods, Mariano’s, Target, CVS, PetSmart and T.J. Maxx.

To read more about the bag tax, see the Chicago Tribune’s story here or visit the City of Chicago’s website here.

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