Add the Town of Telluride, Colo., to the list of U.S. municipalities with bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. According to The Telluride Watch, the Town Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to approve a ban, making it the first community in Colorado with such a law. The law takes effect on March 1, and like many other bans it excludes bags used for meat and produce. The Telluride ban also does not apply to prescription drug bags or newspaper bags. To encourage residents to use durable reusable bags, the Town also is requiring grocery stores to charge a 10-cent-per-bag "advance recovery fee" on paper bags. According to the Watch's report, one local business owner asked the Town Council to delay implementation of the law and instead put the decision before voters, but the suggestion was rejected. You might recall that "The Plastics Blog" reported back in 2008 that Telluride had been taking a different approach to the bag issue -- a friendly competition with nearby Aspen, Colo., to see which town could get residents to use reusable bags instead of plastic. But now Telluride instead is joining the trend of municipalities and counties around the country considering -- and in this case adopting -- a local ban. You should expect more resort towns in Colorado to follow suit.
Telluride, Colo., bans plastic bags
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