As you may remember, the movie Bag It originated with a contest to see which ski resort town, Aspen or Telluride, could remove more plastic bags from the waste stream in their area. Telluride was the winner, prompting other mountain towns into similar competitions. The next summer, 5.4 million plastic bags were diverted from the waste stream.
Since, then, Telluride has voted to ban plastic bags from grocery stores. And just last week, Aspen, CO voted to ban plastic bags and place a 20 cent charge on paper bags at grocery stores. Congratulations, Aspen! We’d love to give a special shout-out to our friends at CORE, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, who have been supporters of BagIt from the beginning and were amazing advocates for the Aspen ordinance. Check out this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/12/aspen-bans-plastic-bags-s_n_1007253.html
What we like about the Aspen ordinance:
– It bans plastic bags
– It places a charge on paper bags, further encouraging consumers to BYOBag
– It allows other retailers to voluntarily opt-in to the ordinance should they so choose
– Fees collected are shared between grocers and the city to be used for waste reduction programs and ordinance implementation
Just prior to the Aspen vote, Basalt, CO also banned plastic bags, and we’ve seen recent reports that Boulder is considering the same type of legislation. Go Colorado! This is exciting news for Telluride-based BagIt.
Are you interested in becoming a BagIt town? If so, contact at us firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!