Vail will give away reusable bags Friday |

Vail will give away reusable bags Friday

Vail Daily staff report

VAIL, Colorado – Lunch-hour customers at City Market and Safeway stores in Vail, Colorado will be greeted this Friday with free reusable bags to help promote the Colorado Association of Ski Towns reusable bag challenge and Vail’s quest to win the friendly competition.

Friday’s giveaway is sponsored by Millennium Bank, which has arranged to supply the reusable bags. Bank volunteers will be on hand from noon to 1 p.m. at City Market to distribute the bags, while employees from the town of Vail and Vail Recreation District will be at Safeway assisting with the giveaway, also from noon to 1 p.m.

Vail, along with 26 mountain towns, has been participating in the challenge since March 1 to help reduce the use of plastic and paper bags at grocery and retail stores. Contest leaders include Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Durango and Telluride. Meanwhile, Vail is enlisting volunteers to improve local participation and to recruit at least 20 more businesses for the final stretch.

The competition, in which Avon and other Vail Valley towns are participating, ends in September with the winning ski town earning a $10,000 solar panel installation for a public school. To date, cloth bags have been used 104,000 times instead of plastic bags in Vail. The solar panels would go to Red Sandstone Elementary School.

For more information, contact Kristen Bertuglia, town of Vail environmental sustainability coordinator, at 970-477-3455.

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