This Ordinance is intended to reduce bag waste in order to protect and preserve the environment in Darien for the benefit and welfare of its residents, by encouraging the use of reusable checkout bags, through the phase-out of plastic checkout bags and non-recycled paper checkout bags and the introduction of a charge on recycled paper checkout bags.
Definitions of terms that have been underlined:
Plastic checkout bags and Non-recycled paper bags are prohibited - except for Product bags, as defined under the list of Exceptions, below
Recycled Paper Checkout Bags – are allowed, with merchant collecting and retaining a 10-cent (₵) charge for each bag Enforcement: The board of Selectmen will appoint a monitor to determine if violations are taking place. No Town employees are to participate in the monitoring or enforcement of this ordinance.
The penalty for non-compliance by a merchant: $150 for second violation, $250 for subsequent violations. An unaddressed citation will double after 15 days.
Exceptions (Product bags):