send your comments to Darien rtm

Darien RTM Accepting Public Comment until March 1st.

Check-out Bag Ordinance for Consideration

The Town of Darien recently held a public hearing on reducing waste related to check-out bags. The meeting had 24 people in favor of an ordinance and 5 against. To watch the full RTM public hearing click below:

RTM Meeting on Plastic Bags Feb 6th, 2019. 

The Darien Representative Town Meeting (RTM) would like to hear your feedback regarding the proposed ordinance (download the full ordinance above). Many nearby towns in Connecticut, including Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Weston have passed a check-out bag ordinance trying to encourage the use of reusable bags in their towns. New Canaan will be voting on their ordinance on February 27th. With Darien now considering its own ordinance, if you have any comments please send them to the Darien RTM at the following email address:  

You can also send the email to your district chair:

District 1(Vote at 35 Leroy) Brad Patelli - 

District 2(Vote at Town Hall) Nina Miller -, 

District 3(Vote at Noroton Heights Fire Department) Lisa Yarnell - 

District 4( Vote at  Hindley School) Brian Rayhill - 

District 5(Vote at Town Hall) James Patrick - 

District 6(Vote at 35 Leroy) Caroline Luz -

The RTM is accepting comments until March 1st, 2019.

BYO Darien In The News

Maritime Aquarium Supports Ban on Plastic Carry Out Bags in Darien; Public Hearing on Wednesday

In light of the Town of Darien considering a ban on plastic carry out bags, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk celebrates such municipal efforts and encourages other communities to take up the cause. To read the full article, click here

Town to hold public hearing on plastic bag ordinance

After seven years, the town of Darien is moving once again toward an ordinance that would phase out single-use plastic bags and promote recyclable bags.

A public hearing on the plastic bag ordinance has been set for 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, in the Town Hall auditorium.

The ordinance, proposed by BYO (Bring Your Own) Darien, phases out over a six-month period plastic bags of less than 12 mil thickness and requires a 10 cent charge for recycled paper bags, with the charge being retained by the retailer. To read the full article, click here.

Public Hearing set on Proposed Plastic bag ban

DARIEN — Darien may be next in a growing list of municipalities to ban plastic bags.

Representative Town Meeting Public Works Vice Chair David Bayne said at Monday’s meeting that a majority of stores in town are already behind the plastic bag ban proposal, introduced by local environmental group BYO (Bring Your Own) Darien back in October. To read the full article, click here

September 6, 2018 article by Kevin Webb, Darien Times

Darien’s Representative Town Meeting will consider a new ordinance to promote the use of reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags at stores in town. Local advocacy group Bring Your Own (BYO) Darien has reached out to businesses, nonprofit organizations and schools to garner the support for a full transition to recyclable paper bags at checkout. To read the full article, click here.

August 30, 2018 article by Lynandro Simmons, Darien News

A new activist group has taken the first formal step in making Darien the third Fairfield County town to ban plastic bags.

BYO Darien presented a proposal for an ordinance to phase out plastic and nonrecycled paper check-out bags to the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

“We (BYO Darien) are all concerned Darien residents about the single-use waste, particularly plastic waste, that Darien generates every single day,” said Lucia Zachowski, co-chairwoman of the group. 

The ordinance would phase out the use of single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable bags. Greenwich and Westport have passed similar ordinances, Zachowski said. Westport implemented its ordinance in 2008 and Greenwich’s will officially go into effect in September.To read the full article, click here.

Bring Your Own Bag, Darien!


Some facts about Plastic Bags

We are a coastal town, and plastic that gets in our waterways ends up in the Long Island Sound and from there it goes into the oceans. Plastic bags are ubiquitous and light, they easily escape and end up in our waterways. Every year, one trillion plastic bags are disposed world wide, equating to 2 million per minute. A plastic bag is made from depletable resources, yet never degrades completely. 

The photograph on the left was taken at Stony Brook near Darien Town Hall. 

See more plastic bag facts here.


Plastic in our food chain

Plastic is a wonder material that, since the 1950s, has greatly improved the world. At the same time, it has become a curse; plastic debris kills many animals and plants and destroys the beauty of the planet as a whole. Plastic shopping bags that were introduced in the 1970s are amongst the worst culprits. Millions of whales, birds, seals, turtles, and land animals such as cows and sheep die because they mistake plastic bags for food. In the oceans plastic bags disintegrate into microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic less than 5mm long, which are ingested by all types of fish. Plastic in the ocean absorbs and concentrates highly toxic chemicals, such as PCB's and DDT, from the surrounding seawater. These pollutants have been known to cause cancer and birth defects and disrupt many of the body's tissues and organs. These toxic microplastics bioaccumulate up the food chain to humans. Click here for more details. 


What is the solution?

If plastic bags were recycled, most of these problems wouldn’t exist. But plastic bags are not widely recycled. The EPA estimates that a mere 12% of plastic bags in the US are recycled. We live in a disposable, consumerist society and plastic bags provide convenience. That being said, the long-term harm to our environment, wildlife and even our health far outweighs the short-term convenience of carrying our purchases in a plastic bag. Many countries, as well as States and municipalities in the US, have eliminated, or imposed fees on, plastic shopping bags.  This has proved to be the single most effective way to reduce plastic bag pollution.

We in Darien must reduce the use and disposal of plastic bags! 

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