Are there exemptions?
  • Retailers will not need to charge for
  1. A bag provided by a pharmacist that contains a prescription drug 
  2. Any newspaper bag or bag intended for use as dry cleaning, garbage, pet waste, or yard waste 
  3. A bag provided at a seasonal event, such as a farmers market, yard sale, etc.
  4. A bag used to package a bulk item or to wrap a perishable item 
  5. A bag used to package carryout food from a food service establishment 
  • Exempt customers: customers that participate in a federal food assistance program (e.g. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] and Women, Infants, and Children [WIC]) or an Illinois food assistance program. 
  • Exempt businesses: retail stores under 3,000 square feet

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1. Why are single-use bags a concern in Northbrook?
2. What is the reason for the tax on single-use bags?
3. How much is the tax?
4. What stores are required to collect the tax?
5. Which stores are not required to collect the tax?
6. Is the single-use bag tax subject to sales tax?
7. Are signs about the bag tax required to be on display in stores?
8. What will the fees be used for?
9. Are there exemptions?