A public hearing on the plastic bag ordinance has been set for 8 p.m. this evening, March 27, at the Representative Town Meeting in the Town Hall auditorium.

The draft Ordinance for the Management of Plastic and Paper Checkout Bags in Darien is as follows:

As of January 1, 2020: Stores over 10,000 sq. ft. will be required to offer to customers: a. A plastic bag with a minimum of 12 mil thickness and/or b. A recycled paper bag made of 40% post-consumer recycled material with a charge of $.10 (ten cents), which the store will retain. The customer will be notified of the charge by signage or by a verbal statement, and their receipt will indicate the number of bags provided and the total amount of the fee paid.

As of January 1, 2021: Stores under 10,000 sq. ft. will be required to offer to customers: a. A plastic bag with a minimum of 12 mil thickness and/or b. A recycled paper bag made of 40% post-consumer recycled material. Stores under 10,000 sq. ft. are permanently exempted from charging a fee.

For more information about the proposed ordinance, click here.

Those who can’t make the meeting can view it on Channel 79 by clicking here.