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In October 2019, the Edwardsville City Council adopted a Single Use Bag Fee Ordinance requiring a 10 cent per bag fee for disposable plastic and paper checkout bags at all retail businesses greater than 7,000 sq. ft. in the City of Edwardsville. The bag fee does not apply to restaurants, prescriptions, packaged bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy or small hardware items; wrapped frozen foods, meat, and fish, wrapped flowers, prepared foods, or bakery goods. Additionally, stores may provide disposable bags free of charge to any consumer that participates in a State of Illinois or Federal food assistance program. The 10 cent bag fee will be retained by the retail establishment to offset the cost of the bags and to recoup administrative expenses for changing point of sale systems and record keeping. The Ordinance becomes effective on April 1, 2020 to provide retailers and consumers time to adapt and prepare for the new fee.