Basalt bags a win
September 23, 2009
BASALT – Basalt has emerged as the winner in a challenge among ski towns to use the most reusable grocery bags.
Behind Basalt were Granby/Winter Park/Fraser in second and Summit County in third. The contest started March 1 and ended Sept. 1.
“Collectively, participating towns eliminated the consumption of an estimated 5.3 million single-use disposable bags,” said a news release from the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge. The organization is discouraging the use of environmentally damaging plastic grocery bags because they require large amounts of oil to manufacture and they litter both the landscape and bodies of water.
More than two dozen towns participated in the challenge, including a host of Colorado mountain communities and even out-of-state towns such as Jackson, Wyo., Park City, Utah, and Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho.
Catherine Dart, a spokeswoman for the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, said Basalt saved roughly 48 bags per person, the second-place Grand County communities saved 45 bags per person, and Summit Country saved 40 bags per person.
As the winning town, Basalt will receive $10,000 toward the installation of solar panels at one of the local schools.