BYO Public Hearing - Darien Town hall 8pm on Feb 6th

Public Hearing FOR BYO Ordinance

Darien Town Hall, February 6th at 8 PM

On Wednesday February 6th, the Public Works, Public Health & Safety, and Town Government Structure & Administration Committees of the RTM will hold a Public Hearing  in the Darien Town Hall Auditorium located at 2 Renshaw Road,  for the purpose of affording the general public an opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed “Ordinance for the Management of Plastic and Paper Checkout Bags in Darien.” Residents can hear the discussion, and state their thoughts on this important environmental initiative. This is an important part of the democratic process in Darien. 

Anyone can come and speak, each speaker will be given 3 minutes/ one time to speak. This is a very important meeting because based on it, the RTM will decide if the matter should be brought to an RTM vote at a subsequent meeting. 

Please help us by joining forces with BYODarien to bring attention to the issue of plastic bag pollution. 

If you are planning to come to the hearing, please let us know by clicking here.

To learn more about some very important ways you can help please click here.

Upcoming Fun Events



With a mission of reducing plastic bag usage, Bring Your Own Darien is hosting a children's art contest. The art contest is an effort to raise children's awareness of plastic bag usage and promote reusable bags to reduce environmental damage. 

Art contest submissions should measure 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller, may be in color or black and white. The winning submission must include the words "BYO" Darien, CT." and will become Bring Your Own Darien's new logo, which will be printed on bags and other BYO Darien items. 

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2018 and the winner will be announced by January 31, 2019. Only one entry may be submitted per person. As a condition of entering the Contest, the Participant agrees that if their artwork is selected as the winning entry, all of Participant's right, title and interest in and to the copyright for the artwork will be assigned to BYO Darien.  The Participant agrees to execute and deliver additional documents as required. For information, contact either: Paola Sordoni (203-997-8777) or Catherine Bailey (646-509-9872).

You can download the entry form by clicking here

Please submit your art and completed entry form to the Darien Nature Center.

Film "Straws" - Plastic and our Health

What happens to my straw when I throw it  away? Are straws recycled? Are they necessary for drinking? How much plastic is in my straw? Are straws harmful to the environment? Does the health of the environment affect my health? 

This movie and presentation sponsored by the Darien Environmental Group and BYO Darien will answer all these questions and more. It will bring you the scientific evidence showing that plastic, including plastic straws, is harming the environment and ultimately our health. 

There are, however, ways for all of us to reduce our plastic usage and lead healthier lives. This movie will help us change our culture's obsession with single-use plastic. 

Sponsored by the Darien Environmental Group and BYO DarienPlease RSVP to 

BYO Darien In The News

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! 

Take a Survey: Tell Us How You Feel

Spend a moment to take a survey and tell us your thoughts about a single use plastic shopping bag ban in Darien.