Yampa Valley Sustainability Council looks to combat grocery bag forgetfulness


— Even well-intentioned folks have experienced the frustration of reaching the grocery checkout line only to realize they’ve left their reusable bags at home or in the car.

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, which merged last summer with Yampa Valley Recycles, has come up with a new strategy to help the forgetful. Volunteers will be at Safeway from noon to 1 p.m. and at City Market from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday offering reminder hang tags designed for door knobs or any handy spot on a car dashboard.

The tags display the image of a sack emblazoned with the text “Bring Your Bag.”

As always, Yampa Valley Recycle’s reusable green bags can be purchased at either grocery store or at the Sustainability Council office, 141 Ninth St., for $1.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com


Scott Wedel 4 years ago

Seriously? Reminding people to not use plastic shopping bags? They held a meeting to find the least effective thing to do?

I will say that I generally support the goals of YVSC, but worrying about plastic shopping bags is just silly. It is well documented that the plastic shopping bags is a very small percentage (3% or so) of plastic bags. So many things in the store come in plastic packaging from paper towels to vegetables so the plastic shopping bag is hardly the problem. Second, it is well documented that plastic shopping bags are commonly reused instead of heavier plastic trash bags. Banning plastic shopping bags has resulted in large increases in sales of plastic trash bags.

Meanwhile, the Green Machine recycling dumpsters are available for just one week a month per location. And in Oak Creek, businesses have been asked to not use them since that fills it up too quickly and instead continue to throw their cardboard away so that the public can fill it up the recycling dumpster.

How about figuring out have to have Green Machines permanently located and to have a goal of all cardboard in a community recycled? If it would take additional money then have instructions on the Green dumpsters on how to make E-donations, make signs to put in supporting businesses and hold fundraisers in front of City Market.


max huppert 4 years ago

Scott? are you for real about not letting businesses in OC recycle by was of green machine? But I always tell the YVSC it should still only focus on recycling also cause its the most sense and yet least done,, its sad when you cant get the students to recycle when the bin is right next to the trash can. I will always use plastic bags. Scott should come up with a idea on used plastic bags.


mark hartless 4 years ago

Sometimes I wonder just how many of the 7 billion people on this earth have "problems" similar to those defined by these rarified-air breathing Routtopians, a group which, luckily for them, CLEARLY has no worthwhile business of their own to mind... NONE WHATSOEVER.


Scott Wedel 4 years ago


I've asked local businesses why they still throw their cardboard into their dumpster when the Green Machine is in town and I've been told they were told they filled it up too quickly. The Green Machine is there for a week then they wanted individuals to be able to fill it up.

It would make sense to ask business owners that were recycling to contribute because it should reduce their

There is generally no need to come with ideas on used plastic bags because people come up with their own uses. Apparently the most common use is for small trash bags.


Stuart Orzach 4 years ago

You've got to be kidding! You're going to reduce waste by producing and distributing more waste?

Is this really the best way for a non-profit, that receives public funding, to utilize its limited assets (i.e. money, and the time and energy of its employees and volunteers)?

If I go to the supermarket and forget my reusable bags, I load my groceries back into my cart, wheel it out to my car or bike, and transfer the groceries directly into my vehicle. You don't need a bag.

But, as a reminder to bring my bags, I often hang them right on my doorknob.


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