Vail finishes fifth in bag contest
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Vail’s fifth place finish in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge means 300,000 fewer plastic bags were used.
The competition, which ran from March to September, was between 31 mountain towns to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags. Basalt won the contest and a school in the town will get $10,000 worth of solar panels from Alpine Bank and PCL Construction. Granby, Winter Park and Fraser finished second as a team with Summit County third.
Collectively, shoppers in the competing towns used an estimated 5.3 million fewer plastic grocery bags. Kristen Bertuglia, the town of Vail environmental sustainability coordinator, said statistics provided by Vail’s City Market showed the use of only 932 reusable bags during July and August last year, compared to 18,270 reusable bags counted during the same period this year.
For more information, contact Bertuglia at 970-477-3455 or challenge organizer David Allen at 970-708-7071.