BYO Stamford - 2019

The  checkout bag ordinance will go in effect on May 3rd 2019 - local businesses:                 

please donate reusable bags (or funds to purchase reusable bags) to the City!

Stamford Bag Drive flyer

Feel free to download the Stamford bag drive flyer and ask local businesses and individuals to contribute to the Stamford bag drive.

We are seeking bag donors

Not everyone in Stamford can easily afford to purchase a few reusable bags.

In order to be able to provide a reusable bag to everyone that needs it in Stamford we are seeking local business or individual bag donors.

Please review our flyer or get in touch with us at

Earth Day Event 4/22/2019

The City is holding an Earth Day Event on 4/22/2019 from 9am to 1pm at the government building. 

There will be tables set up and reusable bags handed out for free.

Our goal: 100,000 bag donations

We will update this Site to count the amount of bags donated by local businesses.

We will also mention every bag donation that we are aware of on this Site.

Bags donated or committed to be donated to date 

(April 9): 700

We obviously still have some ways to go. Please help the City and donate a few reusable bags!

Where do the bags go?

The bags donated would be received by the Stamford Transfer Station (101 Harborview Ave). The bags will then be distributed throughout Stamford city services.  

It is also possible to donate funds for reusable bags to Person to Person who will also distribute bags to those in need in Stamford. Read more about their organization here:

Local Businesses/Groups that have donated bags

ShopRite Grade A - Thank you for donating 250 bags to the City

We are also happy to add that ShopRite have been actively involved in local sustainability efforts. See more here:

Stop & Shop - Thank you for donating 100 reusable bags to the City

Acme - Thank you for committing to donate 100 bags to the City

BYO Stamford - we have ~230 bags donated by invididuals to Person to Person / the City 

WOM (Women on Watch) - we have ~70 bags donated by individuals to Person to Person / the City

Set up collection bins at your stores

ShopRite Grade A have kindly set up bag donation collection bins at their stores.

Let us know if you would like to set up a collection bin as well. 

The Carryout Bag Ordinance was approved by the Board of Reps

The Stamford non-biodegradable disposable carryout bag ordinance


On October 1, 2018, the Stamford Board of Representatives approved ordinance LR30.019. This means that starting May 3rd, 2019 there will be no more disposable plastic retail checkout bags are allowed; instead, retailers can provide recyclable paper checkout bags against a 10cent charge.

BYO Stamford is thrilled that this ordinance provides an incentive for shoppers to bring their own bags.  It is a wonderful move that will make our community cleaner and less wasteful.

Here is a link to the final checkout bag ordinance:

BYO Stamford Survey results (as of 10/2/2018)


Last year we asked Stamford residents about their opinion with regard to a checkout plastic bag ban. As of Oct 2 2018 the results were:

numbers of households that took the survey: 

222 (representing 637 Stamford residents)

~80% in favor of a plastic bag ban  

~20 %opposing a plastic bag ban

Stamford school bag design competition

2nd Place


more detail to follow

The Stamford School District organized a design contest - here is the winning design


more detail to follow

3rd Place


more detail to follow

View our Coalition Factsheet

BYO Stamford has teamed up with BYO Greenwich, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, SoundWaters, Surfrider Foundation CT Chapter, WOW - Women on Watch, the Stamford Land Conservation Trust, and Innovate Stamford.  

We have compiled a quick Factsheet to summarize why our groups support the ordinance, an example of a hybrid plastic bag ban and a charge for paper bags.

BYO Stamford


Who we are

We are a group of Stamford, CT residents that are interested in:

- reducing single use bags, in particular single use plastic bags

- preserving our coastline

- reducing waste management, recycling, and clean up costs for the community

- advocating a smarter and healthier way of life

- educating ourselves and others 


Our Goal

We advocate a Stamford wide hybrid ordinance that:

- bans the use of 'free' single use bags, especially single use plastic bags 

- incentivizes residents to BYO (bring their own reusable bags)

The latter would be achieved by:

- charging a fee for each check out bag (we advocate for recyclable paper bags) 

We advocate that until such an ordinance goes into effect retailers have to disclose the cost of bags.   This will educate consumers as to the cost of their perceived 'free' bags. 


Why reduce single use bags?

All single-use bags:

- can create unnecessary waste which results in costly waste management, costly recycling or costly clean ups

- can disperse into the environment 

- can impede waterways and clog storm drains

- require nonrenewable, fossil fuels to manufacture

- can overwhelm landfills


And they are NOT free. Retailers currently do not have to disclose the cost.  These costs either impact the retailers' profits negatively or are built into consumer prices.  

Plastic bags in particular:

- can pollute oceans and entangle & kill marine life 

- can degrade into small particles that contaminate our water and soil 

- can enter our food system by being ingested by the animals & fish we eat

- clog recycling stations (in fact, contrary to common belief, they are not easily recycable)

- produce toxic ash when incinerated 

Organizations and Companies that support BYO Stamford

BYO Greenwich

BYOGreenwich represents the students, individuals, families, pet owners, non-profits and businesses from every district of Greenwich that have seen, read about and personally have noticed the human health, environmental and fiscal impact plastic bags have on our community and want to make a positive change in and for our Town and our children's future.

read more

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) was formed in 1985 by a small group of concerned citizens who recognized the need to provide public involvement to advance stronger environmental policy. Today, CCE has grown to an 80,000-member organization with offices in Farmingdale, NY, Albany, NY, Syracuse, NY, Buffalo, NY, and Hamden, CT. 

read more


SoundWaters protects the Long Island Sound through education and action. SoundWaters is a recognized and trusted organization locally and in the Long Island Sound region. We have sustained relationships built on shared value and trust for 25 years that includes community, school, business, and political leaders.

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Innovate Stamford

Innovate Stamford is an organization committed to innovation. Check out their WebSite - exciting stuff is happening in Stamford.

read more

Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

read more

WOW ("Women on Watch")

Women on Watch, a Stamford group formed in 2008, is a group focused on aiding the democratic election effort. 

Our Partners