Aspen bans plastic bags, sets fee for paper

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The Aspen City Council has voted to ban plastic bags from its two grocery stores and place a 20-cent fee on paper bags.

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Aspen, Colo. (AP) -- The Aspen City Council has voted to ban
plastic bags from its two grocery stores and place a 20-cent fee on
paper bags. Basalt has already approved a fee of 20 cents on plastic and
paper bags, and Carbondale has been moving toward a ban on plastic
bags. The Boulder City Council is considering a fee on plastic
bags. Supporters say the goal of the ordinances is to reduce the
amount of paper and plastic waste ending up in local landfills. They say research shows that only a small percentage of consumers recycle their grocery bags.


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  • by Fred Location: GJ on Oct 12, 2011 at 07:47 PM
    Great, yet another tax and a win for the liberal tree huggers.
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      by RRR on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:37 AM in reply to Fred
      It's not really a matter of liberal tree hugger anything... I don't get why people think this earth was put here for us humans to use every possible resource and destroy. What will our decedents think when they are living amongst our filth? I mean haven't you seen the plastic islands floating in the ocean? They must be fabricated to propagate the liberal tree hugger agenda, right?
  • by Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Location: Grand Junction on Oct 12, 2011 at 04:06 PM
    It is possible to launder reusable bags to prevent the spread of disease. Most people are just too lazy or absent minded to remember to bring their reusable grocery bags. Good for Aspen, in this regard, for being proactive at helping to reduce their environmental impact.
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      by Disgusted on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle
      I just wanted you to know I replaced every fluorescent bulb with an incandescent in my house. The garage is full of them and I will never use a fluorescent. I also found an old 3.3 gallon toilet for sell and will be switching out the one that doesn't work for one that does. This winter the thermostat will be set on 73 degrees and it will stay there 24/7. I bag my own groceries when I check out so I will be sure and double bag them, just in case the tissue I bought is too heavy for one bag.
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        by Reduce-Reuse-Recycle on Oct 13, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to Disgusted
        I just want to congratulate you for being as wasteful as possible. You must be so proud!
  • by Lmao Location: Mesa County on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    FIRST OFF... I FEEL THAT THIS IS THE DUMBEST IDEA YET ITS LIKE GOING TO A RESTURANT ORDERING A BUGER N FRIES N THE JUST GIVE YU THEM ON THE TABLE RATJER THEN A PLATE CAYSE PLAYES COST 2o¢ MORE! How many Aspen People RECYCLE WATER BOTTLES OR SHAMPOO CONTAINERS BAN THE BOTTLES N MAKE THEM BRING A CUP TO GET IT OR CHARGE 50¢more! Ive NOTICED THE US HAS ITS OWN LAWS BUT COLORADO SEEMED TO PASS THERE "own" PERSONAL LAWS! Reguardless I BELIEVE TH E BUISSNESS WILL LOSE LONG TERM CUSTOMERS. BUT THIS IS GUNNA CAUSE THEFT N P UR IT IN TH VBTH PERCENTIAL RATHER THEN THE !5 PERCENTIAL! Lmao
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      by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:56 PM in reply to Lmao
      How bout you back off the caplocks and maybe I'll read your post loser
  • by Lmao Location: Mesa County on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    FIRST OFF... I FEEL THAT THIS IS THE DUMBEST IDEA YET ITS LIKE GOING TO A RESTURANT ORDERING A BUGER N FRIES N THE JUST GIVE YU THEM ON THE TABLE RATJER THEN A PLATE CAYSE PLAYES COST 2o¢ MORE! How many Aspen People RECYCLE WATER BOTTLES OR SHAMPOO CONTAINERS BAN THE BOTTLES N MAKE THEM BRING A CUP TO GET IT OR CHARGE 50¢more! Ive NOTICED THE US HAS ITS OWN LAWS BUT COLORADO SEEMED TO PASS THERE "own" PERSONAL LAWS! Reguardless I BELIEVE TH E BUISSNESS WILL LOSE LONG TERM CUSTOMERS. BUT THIS IS GUNNA CAUSE THEFT N P UR IT IN TH VBTH PERCENTIAL RATHER THEN THE !5 PERCENTIAL! Lmao
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      by Charlotte on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to Lmao
      Ignorance is bliss. Learn to spell
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Oct 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    I wonder how many people recycle ski's? Perhaps skiing equipment should have a 90% recycling fee attached to it.
  • by Nun Location: Grand Valley on Oct 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Reasearch has proven that reusing bags can cause the spread of disease.
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      by Missy on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to Nun
      A certain local business often gives free bags as they are bagless. The only reason disease would spread is if you don't wash the bags that you are reusing. Most communities will not use someone elses bags for your groceries. I carry a bag in my purse, it is known as a Chico bag and takes up very little room. We recycle at my house here in GJ, we all can. Most everything goes in the 4 recycle bags we have and are picked up once a month
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