Winter Park considers following in Fraser’s footsteps with bag fee |

Winter Park considers following in Fraser’s footsteps with bag fee

The Fraser Board of Trustees passed Ordinance 458, which implements a 20 cent disposable bag fee at all of the town's retailers and food stores. The fee must be in effect by April 1.
File Photo / Byron Helzer, Sky-Hi News

Winter Park might be interested in following neighbor Fraser’s bag fee idea.

During the town’s regular meeting Tuesday morning, council members discussed the recent disposable bag fee passed in Fraser a few weeks ago with some support from the council for a similar fee for Winter Park. There was, however, no consensus on whether the fee would apply to all retailers or just grocers, nor what the actual fee would be.

Council member Chuck Banks said he was opposed to implementing the same fee as Fraser — which is 20 cents per disposable bag at all retail locations in town limits — because he felt it would hurt tourists visiting the area.

“How many of (the destination skiers) are bringing their canvas bags with them,” Banks asked. “I think it’s a burden on the destination skiers.”

Mayor Pro Tem Nick Kutrumbos, though, said he was in favor of the bag fee because he wanted to get ahead of the trend, especially since other ski towns, including Aspen and Breckenridge, already have a similar policy in place.

Kutrumbos and council member Art Ferrari also felt that funding sustainability efforts and the recycling facility in Fraser, which Winter Park residents also utilize, with the money raised by the fee would be a key reason to pass it.

The council directed town staff to put together an ordinance for further discussion at a future town meeting.

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