Greenwich’s ban of single-use plastic bags goes into effect September 12.  In March, the Representative Town Meeting voted overwhelming for the Reusable Checkout Bag Ordinance, banning the distribution of plastic and non-compliant  paper checkout bags in the Town of Greenwich.
Greenwich is the second town in Connecticut to ban single-use bags after Westport which outlawed them nine years ago.
Here are a few important components of the ordinance:

Businesses

  • Effective September 12, 2018, single-use plastic bags can no longer be used at checkouts in Greenwich for any business establishment, permanent or temporary.
  • Businesses may only dispense reusable bags or recycled paper bags at checkout. A sampling of sources can be found at https://byogreenwich.org/bag-resources
    • “reusable” plastic bags must be 12 milthick and durable enough for 125 uses
    • Paper bags must be made from 40% post-consumer material and no old growth fiber
  • Bag exemptions include non-checkout product bags—such as dry cleaner bags, protective garment bags, curbside newspapers, and wet or food items (e.g. flowers, produce, meat, fish, flowers, bulk foods, bread, and deli foods)
  • Hardship deferments are available for business establishments from the Conservation Department. [need link to deferment request form]
  • General questions about the ordinance may be directed to the Conservation Department Office, [email protected] or 203-622-6461.
  • More FAQ’s can be found at https://byogreenwich.org/home.

Customers

  • Effective September 12, 2018, businesses can no longer provide customers with single-use plastic bags at checkout.
  • Businesses can provide you with paper bags or reusable bags.
  • Customers are highly encouraged to bring their own reusable bags for all of their shopping
  • The bag ordinance applies to all business types, including grocery, retail, take out, hardware, garden shops, temporary businesses at fairs and the like
  • Non-check out bags for loose food items such as produce, meats, deli, candy, and baked goods, dry cleaning, curbside newspaper, wet product, such as plants or flowers, and prescriptions are permitted
  • A sampling of sources for reusable bags can be found at https://byogreenwich.org/bag-resources
  • General questions about the ordinance may be directed to the Conservation Department Office, [email protected] or 203-622-6461.
  • More FAQ’s can be found at https://byogreenwich.org/home

Source:  www.greenwichct.org