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October 15, 2013
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Breckenridge bag fee goes into effect Tuesday, Oct. 15

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, a fee of 10 cents per bag will be charged for most plastic and paper bags at all retail and grocery stores in Breckenridge.

The day has officially been declared “Reusable Bag Day” with a proclamation from Mayor John Warner.

Signs are in place at all retail outlets alerting customers of the fee. Wilson Lass developed the sign work, print ads and design of a reusable bag at no cost to the town. Tony Wilson worked on the artistic development of the bag, choosing to focus on the Riverwalk plaza area because it’s a town hub. Local artist Lisa Rivard created the design.

“We’re very psyched,” Wilson said. “Breck is a leader in this kind of recycling, reusable thing. We were honored to be picked to design the very first bag.”

The reusable “Breck Bag” is available for 99 cents at many retail and lodging locations, including the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Wilson said 50,000 bags were ordered and is looking forward to a series of bags in the future.

The full-color bag illustrates a different season in town on each side. The bag fee was supposed to go into place Oct. 1, but town council extended the start date in order to have more time to educate the public.

The town council adopted the fee in April to further the town’s sustainability efforts. Revenues from the fee are used to provide public information about the fee, and promote the use of reusable bags.

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The VailDaily Updated Oct 15, 2013 01:17PM Published Oct 23, 2013 01:47PM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.