Bag Tax Making a Big Difference in Chicago, Study Finds

NYU study finds 30% decrease in use of disposable bags since the city of Chicago implemented a seven-cent tax on them.
April 28, 2017, 12pm PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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On February 1st of this year, Chicago implemented a seven-cent tax on plastic bags. According to an NYU study, that tax has already had an impact. The study compared bag consumption in months before the tax to the months just after it was implemented and found a sharp decline.

"The average number of disposable bags used per shopping trip decreased by roughly one bag per trip—over a 40 percent decrease. Additionally, less than 50 percent of customers in Chicago used any disposable bags after the tax was implemented—a decrease of more than 30 percentage points," Rachel Dovey reports for Next City

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Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Next City
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