Reduce Plastic Pollution in Chicago


Plastic pollution is a major threat to our environment. It’s in our food, our water, and it’s production is a massive contributor to climate change. Nearly all plastic – 99% – is made from fossil fuels. Refining plastic is the most greenhouse gas-intensive part of the plastic life-cycle, and growth of this process worldwide will lead to increased emissions.

Cities across Illinois are taking action on plastic bags through fees at checkout. These fees have proven to reduce plastic bag waste and provided needed revenue for waste reduction programs locally. Chicago’s fee dropped plastic bag by 26%.

Building on this progress, it’s time for Chicago to pass a strong ordinance that reduces the purchasing, supply, and use of single-use plastics by transforming our waste management system, expanding and updating our recycling systems, and moving markets toward sustainable, innovative packaging.


Use the form to easily contact your alderman and Mayor Lori Lightfoot and ask them to take action to reduce plastic waste by supporting the Plastic-free Water for Chicago ordinance:

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