DANVILLE -- Not waiting for the state legislature to act first, the Town Council has decided to vote on passage of a townwide plastic bag ban at its Nov. 18 meeting.

Councilors unanimously voted to consider a stand-alone local ordinance that would ban dispensing of single-use, carryout plastic bags by retailers and restaurants but not include a mandatory charge on paper bags, so retailers can charge if they wish, said Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager. If passed, the ban's effective date would be July 1, 2016.

The city also plans to continue to engage with restaurants about the ordinance, with the understanding that it would apply to them, by asking for their feedback on the ban. The council decided on the stand-alone measure, because it would likely be easier for retailers and restaurants to follow, rather than a hybrid ordinance dependent on a statewide ban, Rojanasathira explained.

Community support for a bag ban also was strong based on three town-hosted informational sessions on the topic this summer, according to town documents. About 78 percent of a total of 31 attendees said they supported phasing out the bags for environmental reasons, versus only 16 percent disagreeing with it. The ban also has the support of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.


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