Community Plastic Bag Challenge continues through Sept. 1 |

Community Plastic Bag Challenge continues through Sept. 1

As of March 1, 27 mountain towns began competing in the 2009 Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge, a friendly competition to determine which town can minimize its use of disposable bags the most.The competition will end Sept. 1. Community organizers in competing towns have been working with municipal governments, local businesses and grocery stores to prepare for the challenge. In Grand County, The Grand BYOB Project representing Winter Park, Fraser and Granby is working hard to organize the program and get local retailers, as well as the public, on board.Local participating stores will be responsible for tallying every reusable bag used or purchased by a customer at checkout. The winner will be determined on a per-capita basis by which community uses the most reusable bags during the six-month period. The winning town will receive a $5,000 grant from Alpine Bank to install a solar panel system at a public school. The second place winner will receive a $1,000 grant, courtesy of Safeway.The Grand BYOB Project is sponsored by Rendezvous Colorado, Winter Park Resort, O2 Creative, Mountain Parks Electric and the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.

If you’re a retailer and want to participate, please contact Joyce Burford at (970) 485-2737 or or Michele Murray Hedlund at (970) 531-0585 or If you’re a consumer, be sure to shop at the following establishments with your reusable bag, and make sure the clerk checking you out remembers to tally your bag. Your reusable bag can be any form of bag, i.e. backpack, and old Macy’s bag, or any bag you’ve used before, as long as you are NOT taking a bag from the store’s supply.

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