Aspen, Carbondale bans on plastic bags under way

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenMay 1, 2012
The big food markets in Aspen and Carbondale have stopped bagging groceries in plastic.

Effective today, City Market and Clark's Market stores in Aspen and Carbondale will implement the plastic-bag bans that Aspen City Council and the Carbondale Board of Trustees passed last fall.

The bans don't impact smaller food markets and retail stores.

Shoppers have the option of bringing reusable (e.g. cloth) bags, buying paper sacks at the markets for 20 cents apiece, or purchasing reusable bags. For a limited time, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) will be handing out free reusable bags.

The bans and fees aim to diminish the amount of paper and plastic that ends up in local landfills and spoils the natural environment. Aspen Councilman Torre has been pushing for the ban ever since returning from a sailing trip where he discovered islands of plastic bags floating through the seas. He has also lamented pulling plastic bags out of the Roaring Fork Valley's rivers.

To get the word out about the new plastic bag ban, Spencer McKnight and Joel Lee at Aspen Video Productions recruited skier Chris Davenport, snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, musician John Oates, Mayor Mick Ireland, snowboarder Tricia Byrnes and other local residents to make the following commercial.

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