Mountain Daylight Time: Plastic bags

Durango City Council debates the possibility of instituting a fee schedule to reduce consumers' plastic bag usage.

A potential City Council ordinance requiring a nominal fee for each new plastic bag used by consumers at supermarkets and other local stores would have the effect of encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable shopping bags with them while they shop. In theory, the result would be less litter and less nonbiodegradable waste in the environment, which has been shown to be not only unsightly, but a proven and possibly fatal hazard to wildlife.

SWEETIE MARBURY is a Durango city councilor.

COLLEEN CAVER is produce manager at Durango Natural Foods Coop.

MINNA JAIN is marketing manager at Durango Natural Foods Coop.

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