Vail Valley: Six weeks left in shopping bag contest
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Only six more weeks are left in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge in the Vail Valley and the town of Avon wants to win, says Danita Chirichillo, Avon’s special events supervisor.
“We’ve had a good showing so far,” Chirichillo says, “but I think we can do even better. I hope our residents and guests will really get behind this friendly competition and make a concerted effort to reduce their plastic use not just for the remainder of this competition, but forever.”
Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags. Only about 5 percent percent of plastic bags are recycled. In addition, it takes each plastic bag over 1,000 years to break down, she says.
The CAST Challenge is a competition between 31 mountain towns in the western United States to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.The challenge began on March 1 and will run until Sept. 1. The winning town will have solar panels installed on a public school.-