Grand County: Bring your own bag |

Grand County: Bring your own bag

Autumn Phillips
Grand County, Colorado

The Colorado Association of Ski Town’s Bring Your Own Bag Challenge, originally set to begin Feb. 1, has been delayed one month to give towns more time for planning.

On Tuesday night, the Winter Park Town Council voted unanimously to enter the town in the contest. Granby Board of Trustees passed a similar resolution to enter the contest at its last meeting and a resolution before the Fraser trustees Wednesday night was predicted to pass (Sky-Hi Daily News went to press before Fraser’s meeting began). Grand Lake has also entered the contest.

“The support and exposure we’ve gotten in our community is really impressive,” said Joyce Burford, president of CAST. “I hope this effort gains enough momentum to the point where more towns in Colorado and even nation-wide start their own initiatives.”

A committee has been formed in Grand County to organize the contest. Members include Michele Murray Hedlund, Cat Peterson, Martha Hutt, Joyce Burford, Liz McIntyre, Chiara Subhas and Tim Hodsdon.

Participating towns in Grand County will compete against 25 other mountain towns in a contest to reduce plastic-bag use from March 1 through Sept. 1. Telluride, Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Summit County (as one) and Eagle County (as one), Estes Park, Crested Butte, Jackson Hole, Wyo., Park City, Utah, Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho are among those competing.

According to the resolution passed by Winter Park Tuesday, the town is participating because they “are committed to positively effecting the environment and support promoting the use of reusable bags in order to decrease the use of single bags.”

The contest is “friendly and voluntary”, Burford said. The goal is to reduce the consumption of single-use, disposable shopping bags.

Contest preparation begins as the Plastic Bag Reduction Act, a bill sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga and Rep. Joe Miklosi, both Denver Democrats, has been introduced in the state legislature to phase out plastic-bags use over three years at the biggest retailers in Colorado.

Local results of the disposable-bag contest will be tallied by the total number of reusable bags brought to a store. Grocery stores will use the five-cent refund given to shoppers who bring their own bags to track reusable-bag use.

The winning community will be chosen on a per capita basis.

” The Rocky Mountain News and Summit Daily News contributed to this article.

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