Chicagoans will have an extra month to save up before the city begins implementing its new disposable bag tax. The city of Chicago will not begin collecting the new 7-cent checkout bag tax until February 1, according to city documents.
The tax, which replaces the city's current ban on plastic bags, will cost consumers 7 cents for each paper or plastic bag they receive from a retailer at checkout. It was originally scheduled to go into effect on January 1. However, the city said it decided to delay implementation of the new tax in order to give businesses additional time to place it into their point of sales systems, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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