Plastic Bags

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Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance summary

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).