Crested Butte Bag Ban Starts September 1 2018

Dated: 07/09/2018

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It is no secret that plastic bags are causing great harm to the environment. You cannot burn it as it can produce dioxins, a group of highly toxic chemicals nor bury, as it doesn't dissolve quickly and again can slowly release harmful chemicals to the soil. It is a very serious issue being the number one problem to clogged drainage in cities all over the world and can even be a reason to why a lot of animals, particularly marine ones, die when trapped in or when eating it. It is truly scary to imagine that there is an estimated of 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean.

Luckily both the government and small pockets of environmentalists are trying to push through many legal actions to prevent these problems from getting worse. In August 2016, the Sustainable Crested Butte, originally a group of people trying to pass an ordinance to regulate single-use bags in town, have succeeded in taking action to get the Crested Butte town council to ban single-use plastic bags. This ordinance will start on September 1, 2018.

Here is how it works:

Number one, of course, is that the community can no longer use plastic bags for groceries or other purposes. People are however allowed to use paper bags and other reusable canvas bags. If someone is using paper bags, the materials should be at least 40% recycled material and must be 100% recyclable.

It is great to know as well that many other cities and counties in Colorado like Aspen, Avon, Basalt, Boulder City, Breckenridge, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Mountain Village, Roaring Fork Valley, Telluride, Town of Cabondale and Vail are making bag laws for which stores need to use for their customers. There are some that use different materials like cloth, woven polypropylene and even biodegradable corn plastic.

Number 2 is for stores and business establishments to recycle their leftover plastic bags.

And finally, these efforts are all great and noble but the truth is, to resolve this issue, it has to start with ourselves. If we truly want to be part of the solution we have to take part in cleaning up the environment and as being part of the Crested Butte community we need to be aware of this law and to share this information to our neighbors and other people in the community.

If you are looking for a neighborhood that is clean, safe, beautiful and with people who care about the well-being of the community, visit Crested Butte. You will surely fall in love with how warm and cozy this enchanting town is.

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