Vail Daily letter: Ban plastic bags |

Vail Daily letter: Ban plastic bags

To the citizens and businesses of Vail,

A group of concerned citizens is working to ban single-use plastic bags in the town of Vail. For those of us involved, this just makes sense. They are made from a non-renewable resource. They create waste in our landfills. They contaminate the recycling process. They are a source of litter. They are a bad habit born from convenience that is really rather easy to change once one is committed to the idea.

Many people in Vail, guests and locals alike, already carry reusable bags to the grocery store. (To those people — thank you! If you have not already, please think about using them for all of your shopping.)

Why should Vail ban the bag? Because we are a leader and good leaders set good examples. The Vail Environmental Sustainability Strategic Plan of 2009 calls for the “reduction of waste” and for Vail to become a “nationally recognized leader in sustainability.”

Input is being sought by the major business segments in Vail — grocers, retailers, restaurants and the lodging community. While many businesses have already seen customers foregoing both plastic and paper bags, there is still room for improvement.

By addressing this issue now, we can avoid unforeseen problems and unintended consequences.

Many people do not like “government intervention.” To them I say, “Think seatbelts.” People knew they were important, but still did not use them. Now we have laws and more people are using them. Sometimes we just need a little nudge.

Please attend the Vail Town Council meeting on the evening of Oct. 21 to show your support for a ban on single use plastic bags (or to voice your concerns).

San Francisco, Boulder, Aspen and Breckenridge have all addressed this issue. The entire country of the British Virgin Islands did it 2013. Vail can do it and do it better with your input.

If you cannot attend the meeting, please send an email to with your comments. We are making an effort to include everyone in the discussion. We want to address concerns and questions before action is taken.

Rethink, reduce, reuse, then recycle.

Stephen Connolly


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