Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the Windy City “will ban vendors from using plastic shopping bags at Chicago-run farmers markets starting next year in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Vendors at the city’s 24 farmers markets will be told later this week that they can’t use plastic bags if they want to participate in next year’s selling season … The city is encouraging shoppers to bring along their own bags and will ask vendors to carry biodegradable bags made from corn.”
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I could be wrong about this, but I’d have to guess that the plastic shopping bags distributed by Chicago’s farmers market vendors has to be a drop in the bucket compared to all the disposable bags handed out by the city’s supermarkets, drug stores and convenience stores.
I’m not advocating broader legislation – as I’ve said before, I’d prefer for retailers and shoppers to get to this point on their own (though I’d also like them to hurry up). But if you’re going to regulate bag usage, Chicago ought to go after businesses where it would make a difference. Going after farmers market vendors seems sort of wimpy…as opposed to the more muscular bans put into effect by San Francisco, say, or the tax just voted on by Seattle.