Beginning Aug. 1, large Evanston retailers will no longer provide free, point-of-sale disposable plastic shopping bags to customers under an ordinance the city adopted last year to decrease the use of disposable plastic shopping bags.
To help make the transition, the City has launched a “Think Outside the Bag” campaign. The campaign will include reusable shopping bag giveaways at Evanston locations throughout the summer, as well as a new “Share a Bag” program.
Share a Bag Program
Beginning Friday, June 12, individuals and community organizations will be able to drop off or pick up reusable shopping bags at the following Evanston locations:
- Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
- North Branch Library, 2026 Central St.
- Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave.
- Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
- Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.
- Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
- Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
- Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.
- Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
- Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
- Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
In addition to dropping off or picking up reusable shopping bags at these locations, community members can also conveniently drop off plastic bags and plastic film for recycling.
To ensure that all community members have access to reusable shopping bags, the City will give away “We Love Evanston” shopping bags:
- Monday, June 8, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library
- Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Robert Crown Center
- Thursday, June 18, 9 a.m. to noon, Ecology Center
- Tuesday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Levy Senior Center
- Sunday, June 28, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Main Evanston Public Library
- Wednesday, July 1, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Chandler-Newberger Center
- Tuesday, July 7, noon to 3 p.m., Morton Civic Center
- Friday, July 10, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Noyes Cultural Arts Center
- Wednesday, July 15, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center
- Monday, July 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., North Branch Library
There will be a limit of one bag per resident on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Evanston Shopping Bag ordinance impacts stores larger than 10,000 square feet that are part of a chain or franchise. Stores that will be impacted include: Aldi, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Cost Plus World Market, CVS, Food 4 Less, Gordon Food Service, The Home Depot, Jewel-Osco, Marshalls, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PetSmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Trader Joe’s, Valli Produce, Walgreens and Whole Foods.
Any bag made predominantly of plastic and less than 2.25 millimeters thick that is not certified commercially compostable will not be given to customers at the point of sale.
Dine-in and take-out restaurants, as well as non-chain stores, are exempt. Stores may still provide paper bags at check-out. Heavier duty retail plastic bags, as well as plastic bags used to package products in-store, such as produce, meat and other grocery items, are also allowed. Additionally, the ordinance does not prohibit customers from using bags of any type brought to the store for their own use.
The City encourages community members to bring their own reusable shopping bags when shopping at any store in Evanston.