Monday, November 26, 2012

Plastic Bags or not?

The town of Breckenridge is calling for public input on a possible town policy to curb or eliminate the use of plastic bags.

Officials are hosting a public open house at 6:30 tonight at the Breckenridge Recreation Center Multi-Purpose Room to generate feedback from the community on the issue.

Members of the Breckenridge Town Council are considering a law that would impose a fee or outright ban single-use bags within the town, but want to receive thoughts and input from local residents before taking action.

“During 2010 and 2011 several hundred community residents participated in developing the SustainableBreck Plan,” Mayor John Warner stated in a recent release from the town. “One of the actions identified in the plan was to reduce single-use bags in our community. As we explore the issue further, we learned that both plastic and paper bags have significant negative environmental impacts. We want ideas from the community on how to reduce use of single-use bags.”

The open house will include data on the impacts of single-use bags and other information to assist the public in getting a better overview of the issue, according to the Breckenridge statement.

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