Editorial: In the bag

Sometime over the next several weeks, the Representative Town Meeting will be voting on a plastic bag ordinance.

The ordinance, proposed by BYO (Bring Your Own) Darien, would phase out plastic bags of less than 12 mil thickness over a six-month period and require a 10-cent charge for recycled paper bags, with the charge being retained by the retailer. Darien would follow other towns in Fairfield County like Greenwich and Westport by doing so.

The RTM has the final say, but they represent you, the taxpayer and resident. Should you have strong feelings on either side of the debate, you should let them know.

At the first meeting of the building committee for Pear Tree Point Beach upgrades, several neighbors at the meeting said — despite many public hearings and numerous news stories — that this was the first they’d heard of the project.

The discussion about whether to pass a plastic bag ordinance has been going on in Darien for years. The last time it failed. This time, it has come before several town boards and committees for the last several months. The Darien Times has published at least seven stories covering the ordinance’s journey since July.

No one should be surprised this discussion is happening, and if you have an opinion, now is the time to voice it.

The public may submit comments until March 1 by sending an email to darienrtm@darienct.gov. The feedback and testimony will be taken into consideration by the committees drafting the ordinance and then submitted to the RTM Rules Committee and town counsel.

Once it has been approved by the town counsel, it will be available for public review and comments before it’s voted on by the RTM.

More info: Byodarien.org.