[learn_more caption="Map of Area" state="open"] See a map of the Roaring Fork Valley region. This map is courtesy of the Tyrolean Lodge located in Aspen, Colorado, USA . Also learn about the nation's first rural bus rapid transit system Roaring Fork Transit Authority[/learn_more] The Roaring Fork Valley region of Colorado, USA has several cities trying to decide whether to ban plastic bags or charge a fee for their use.
Currently, the cities of Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale have had first readings of an ordinance to place a fee on the distribution of plastic bags by grocery stores. However, just before final approval of the ordinances, Aspen and Carbondale City Council members have questioned whether or not plastic bags should be banned altogether and a fee placed on paper bags.
Several cities have been collaborating on this idea in order to have uniform regulations governing the distribution of plastic single-use bags. Since the towns are located geographically close together, the idea is to have in place very similar legislation throughout the region. CORE and the cities feel this would best serve the citizenry and also the multitude of visitors received to the Roaring Fork Valley region each year.
Surrounded by mountains, the Valley gets its name from the Roaring Fork River. Roaring Fork Valley is an area stretching for fifty miles from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, Colorado and includes the cities of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork Valley is a nature lover's paradise where mountains, rivers and outdoor life abounds year-round. Here is the Reudi Reservoir located on the Fryingpan River which flows into the Roaring Fork River. Cities and other agencies are working to protect this scenic life from human trash.
In fact, an editorial from a local newspaper states: "It's high time to quit using single-use bags, whether they're paper or plastic. The damning environmental evidence of plastic bag litter on land, and specks of partially degraded plastic permeating the ocean, is solidly convincing." (Post Independant.
The decision as to just what form the single-use bag regulations will take will be made in the next couple of months. I feel safe in saying, with each of the three municipalities named above, the questions is not "if" - it is "when".