Single-Use Bag Tax for Businesses

Starting January 1, 2024, around 50 retail stores in Northbrook will be required to charge a $0.10 tax on each paper or plastic single-use bag provided at checkout. 

This is a retailer guide to compliance with the Single-Use Bag Tax ordinance, including:

  • Single-use bag tax overview and FAQs

Thank you for helping to make Northbrook cleaner and greener! 


Northbrook, Illinois Municipal Code Chapter 23, Article X, Carryout Single-Use Bag Tax

On February 7, 2023, the Village Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance No. 2023-12: An Ordinance Amending Chapter 23 of the Northbrook Municipal Code, as Amended, to Establish a Carryout Single-Use Bag Tax. The ordinance follows Northbrook's Climate Action Plan (CAP), which aims to reduce waste and phase out single-use plastics. The implementation of this action brings Northbrook closer to CAP goals by minimizing impacts of pollution, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and litter. 

  1. Bag Tax Basics
  2. Definitions
  3. Exemptions
  4. Additional Requirements
  5. Collection, Retention, Remittance
  6. Penalties and Violations

Overview of the Policy:

  1. Beginning January 1, 2024
  2. A tax of $0.10 for the customer for each carryout single-use bag that a covered business provides 
  3. Businesses will retain $0.05 to cover administrative expenses 
  4. The Village’s portion of funds will be allocated to a Sustainability Fund 
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