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Record #: O2015-5420   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/29/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 11-4-4000 and 11-4-4030 to prohibit retail establishments from providing compostable carryout plastic bags to customers
Sponsors: Moreno, Proco Joe
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 11 - Utilities & Environmental Protection - Ch. 4 Environmental Protection & Control
Attachments: 1. O2015-5420.pdf
Related files: R2019-362


SECTION 1. Sections 11-4-4000 and Sections 11-4-4030 ofthe Municipal Code of Chicago are hereby amended by deleting the language struck through and by inserting the language underscored as follows:

11-4-4000 Definitions.
As used in this Article XXIII:
"Chain store organization" means (1) three or more stores having common ownership, or (2) any store, regardless of ownership, that is part of a franchise.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of health of the City of Chicago.
"Compostable plastic bag" means any bag that (1) when placed with other biodegradable or decaying natural materials will be broken down into simple organic components by biological processes, and (2) meets the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6400 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics, and (3) has been certified as a compostable product by the Biodegradable Products Institute ("BPI") or other independent, testing organization approved by the commissioner, as evidenced by the presence on the bag ofthe BPI Commercial Logo or other logo approved by the commissioner, indicating that the bag is "commercially compostable" or "compostable in an industrial composting facility."

"Customer(s)" means any person purchasing goods from a store.

"Operator" means the person in control of, or having the responsibility for, the operation of a store, which may include, but is not limited to, the owner of the store.

"Plastic carryout bag(s)" means any bag made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum or a biologically based source, such as corn or other plant sources, which is provided to a customer at the point of sale. The term "plastic carryout bag" includes (1) degradable plastic bags, and (2) biodegradable plastic bags that are not commercially compostable. The term "plastic carryout bag" does not include (i) commercially compostable plastic bags, (ii) reusable bags, (iii) produce bags, or (iv) ...

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