Chicago could follow other big cities and countries that have banned single-use plastics and Styrofoam. Block Club Chicago reported a new measure being brought into City Hall by Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) that cut down the use of plastic forks, spoons, and similar items used by restaurants in the city. If it passes, the new regulation would start in 2021.
“Only 9 percent of all plastic produced is recycled in Chicago,” supporters of the ordinance said in a statement. “The rest ends up in landfills, along our streets, in gutters and eventually in our water.” The bill is supported by Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Illinois PIRG, the Illinois Environmental Council, the Recycling Coalition and the Alliance for the Great Lakes