To help eliminate plastic litter and promote environmental sustainability, the Town of Danville adopted an ordinance in December 2014 regarding Single-use Carryout Plastic Bags.
Effective July 1, 2016:
Retail and public eating establishments may not distribute plastic carryout bags at point of sale.
Retail and public eating establishments are not required to charge customers for each paper bag distributed at point of sale, although retail establishments may choose to do so.
Paper bags must be made of at least 40% recycled content.
The Plastic Carryout Bag Ordinance applies to all retail establishments (businesses that sell goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items) and public eating establishments (restaurants, take-out food establishments and other businesses that receives 90% or more of its revenue from the sale of prepared food).
Violation of the ordinances may result in an infraction for the retail or public eating establishment of $100 for the first violation, $250 for the second violation, and $500 for the third and any additional violations.
The Town of Danville's ordinance preempts the state's ban on single-use plastic bags (SB 270).