The smaller stores in Darien may get a break on the proposed mandatory 10 cent charge on recycled paper bags if the plastic bag ordinance passes.
At Monday night’s RTM Public Health & Safety Committee, Monica McNally, who is chairman of the RTM Public Works Committee, announced an idea of a change to the town’s proposed Ordinance for the Management of Plastic and Paper Checkout Bags — in regard to the 10 cent fee.
The ordinance, which was proposed by BYO (Bring Your Own) Darien, phases out 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.
The change that McNally recommended is that the fee would be based upon the size of the store, as opposed to being mandatory for all businesses in town.
According to her suggestion, smaller stores, which McNally characterized as under 10,000 square feet, would permanently not be required to charge a 10 cent fee with the purchase of a paper bag. However, if they want to, they could.
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McNally added that the larger stores in town, including Stop & Shop, Palmer’s, Walgreens, CVS, Whole Foods and Trader Joes, would still be required to charge the 10 cent fee.
Details of new ban suggestion
Through Jan. 1, 2020, the larger stores in town would have to use up their current supplies of bags, of both plastic and paper.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the larger stores would be required to offer a recyclable paper bag for 10 cents, or a reusable plastic bag, which needs to be 12 mil in thickness.
Smaller stores would get one extra year — until Jan. 1 of 2021 — to use up their supply of paper and plastic bags. After that point, they must offer recycled paper bags, but have the option of charging the fee.
“This new ordinance carves out the space for the smaller stores not to have to charge you the 10 cents, from the beginning,” McNally said.