Plastic passion

The issue of banning single-use plastic bags is once again floating through the air. A group called Durango Beyond Plastic is urging like-minded residents to attend the City Council meeting next Tues., Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. to voice their support for a ban.

According to the group, Durango hands out 100,000 bags per day, much of which ultimately ends up as microplastic in our air, water and soil.

If Durango banned single-use plastic bags, it would join numerous other Colorado towns, states and countries that have done likewise.

This is not the first attempt to eradicate the lowly plastic bag. In 2013, City Council approved a 10-cent fee on plastic bags distributed by the largest grocery stores, but that fee was later repealed by voters.

Regardless of what happens, The Kroeger Co., parent company of City Market, is taking its own steps to phase out plastic shopping bags by 2025.

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