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Record #: O2020-161   
Type: Ordinance Status: Introduced
Intro date: 1/15/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Title 7 by adding new Chapter 7-60 entitled "Plastic-Free Water Ordinance"
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Cardenas, George A., Martin, Matthew J. , Rodriguez, Michael D., Cappleman, James, Hadden, Maria E. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, La Spata, Daniel , Nugent, Samantha , Smith, Michele, Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Osterman, Harry, Cardona, Jr., Felix , Reboyras, Ariel, Austin, Carrie M., Gardiner, James M. , Hopkins, Brian
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 60 Plastic-Free Water Ordinance
Attachments: 1. O2020-161.pdf
Committee on Finance


WHEREAS, the City of Chicago has the power and duty to protect its natural environment, its economy, and the health of its citizens; and,

WHEREAS, Rochester Institute of Technology estimates that every year 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes; and,

WHEREAS, single use plastic and polystyrene consume non-renewable resources and are often thrown away and become litter, which pollutes waterways, parks, forests, storm drains, and other public spaces; and,

WHEREAS, plastics in waterways break down into smaller pieces that are not biodegradable and are present in all the Great Lakes; and,

WHEREAS, plastic and polystyrene can now be found in almost every marine habitat on Earth and single use plastics endanger local wildlife; and,

WHEREAS, nearly all plastic is made from fossil fuels, and refining plastic is the most greenhouse gas intensive part ofthe plastic lifecycle: and,

WHEREAS, single use plastic foodware contaminates our recycling and compost systems, soiling other recyclables, such as paper, and jeopardizing the quality ofour compost; and,

WHEREAS, restaurants and businesses around the United States recognize the negative environmental impacts of single use plastics and are providing sustainable alternatives; and,

WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the health, safety, and welfare of all who live, work, and do business in the City that the amount of litter on public streets, in parks, and in other public spaces be reduced; and,

WHEREAS, efforts to reduce single use plastics should not interfere with the City's goal of an inclusive and accessible city; and,

WHEREAS, reduction of single use food and beverage packaging furthers the City's goal to eliminate solid waste at its source and to maximize recycling and composting; now therefore.


SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated herein and made part ofthis ordinance.

SECTION 2. Title ...

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