CB council will consider ban ordinance for plastic bags – USAPosted on June 24, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
A small fee on paper bags likely By Mark Reaman The Crested Butte town staff will draft an ordinanc
The Crested Butte town staff will draft an ordinance for the council that would ban single-use checkout/carryout plastic bags from town and impose a fee on approved paper bags. The council will consider the proposal—based primarily on a similar ordinance from Telluride—this summer and maybe as early as next month.
The issue has come before the council through the efforts of Sustainable Crested Butte, a group spearheaded by recent CBCS graduate Benjamin Swift. Swift made it clear that the ban would not impact a wide variety of plastic bags used in town—for example, bags used for fresh produce, retail or medical marijuana, garbage bags, bags used to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods and more.
An advanced recovery fee would be imposed on each paper bag handed out in town but only paper bags that meet certain standards would be allowed. The paper bags would have to be manufactured by 100 percent recycled content, contain no old growth fiber and be 100 percent recyclable. Swift suggested that fee be 30 cents per bag. Half of that would be retained by the business, with the other half going to the town to be used for education or reusable bags. Swift explained that the 30-cent fee would be collected by businesses.