On Tuesday the Carbondale, Colorado Board of Trustees approved a single-use bag ordinance similar to nearby Aspen’s ordinance which was adopted earlier this month. Both ordinances ban plastic bags and place 20 cent charges on paper bags in large grocery stores. Read more in news articles here and here.
With this move, Carbondale becomes the third in the state of Colorado to pass a bag ordinance within the last two months. In September, the town of Basalt passed an ordinance placing a 20 cent charge on all single-use bags. All three ordinances will become effective in May of 2012, and the jurisdictions plan to work together on a regional educational and outreach effort.
Last year in October, the town of Telluride became the first in CO with a bag ordinance after a local documentary, "Bag It", helped heighten awareness of the plastic bag issue. Click here for a list of local bag ordinances in the country.
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