Grand County towns in running for prize in Reusable Bag Challenge |

Grand County towns in running for prize in Reusable Bag Challenge

Citizens of 31 mountain towns taking part in the Reusable Bag Challenge kept 792,000 shopping bags from entering landfills during the months of March and April, according to the latest tally.

For the towns of Winter Park, Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake, the tally translates into about 45,000 bags.

Three months still remain in the contest, which began March 1.

Environmental issues such as litter and degradation of resources were the primary impetus behind the challenge organized by the Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

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The Grand County campaign, dubbed “The Grand BYOB Project,” represents the Highway 40 towns, which are in the running for the grand prize, according to Fraser Valley contest organizer Joyce Burford. BYOB currently has top-three standing with more than 41,000 bags.

“I’m so proud of all these shoppers,” she said. “Based on our population, we’re saving about 12 bags per person. That’s huge. We’re excited to keep this going.”

The prize to the winning town is a solar panel installation on a public school.

Since the competition began, participating stores have been responsible for tallying the use of every reusable bag used or purchased at checkout. A winner will be determined on a per-capita basis over the six-month period.

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