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Pass a Ten Cent Disposable Bag Fee in Greenwood Village

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 500 billion to a trillion plastic bags are consumed annually around the globe. However, these bags remain in our landfills, rivers, oceans, and mountains for thousands of years. Unlike natural materials, plastics do not biodegrade, but rather photodegrade, or break up into microscopic pieces. These pieces of microplastics often find their way into our waterways, where they poison the plants and animals that inhabit the environment. These harmful chemicals then proceed their way up the food chain where they are eventually consumed by humans, where they can cause a host of health problems. Thus, the solution to allaying the inherent detrimental effects associated with single-use bags is reusable bags. 

Our club Ecological Action works in Cherry Creek High School's community to improve our environment. 

172 towns and cities in the U.S. have already instated regulations on single-use bags, including Aspen, Boulder, Telluride, Breckenridge, and Carbondale. 

Our Sustainable Bag Ordinance:

 In order to begin phasing out disposable plastic checkout bags, we need your help in convincing the Greenwood Village Town Council to pass an ordinance.

Our ordinance will begin by phasing out disposable carryout/checkout bags in the Fall of 2016 by placing a $0.10 fee on disposable plastic bags. This will give the retail stores and restaurants that offer carryout bags plenty of time to use the bags they have in stock and give them an opportunity to raise funds (via the 10-cent fee) to purchase reusable bags to sell or give to customers who don't bring their own bags. 

Bans and fees placed on disposal bags have proven to be effective at reducing disposable bag pollution and promoting reusable bag use globally, and we want Greenwood Village to join in this environmental movement. 

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