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Mixed results for ‘BYOBag’ Challenge

CAITLIN ROW
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” The 2009 Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge kicked off in March and is still seeing mixed results. The challenge asks locals and visitors to Summit County to use reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

“It’s been quite the challenge,” said Jen Santry, the BYO Bag coordinator. “We’re trying to find out ways to keep people excited in the project.”

Santry said she’s still looking for BYOB ambassadors ” volunteers who are passionate about reusable bags.

“They will take on stores to educate and train locals,” Santry said, ” and they’ll make sure posters are out there and people are aware of the contest.”

More BYOB education days will be held as the weather warms.

Reusable bags will also be given to town clean-up participants.

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Santry said she’s still brainstorming ideas about how to reward notable contest participants.

“Let’s get excited about it again,” she said.

The BYOB challenge runs through Sept. 1. Look for the Reusable Bag Challenge poster at participating stores. The grand prize for the challenge is $5,000 toward a solar-panel installation for a local school, donated by Alpine Bank. It’s up to the community to determine which school will get the solar panel if Summit County wins the challenge.

Summit County’s participating stores include BigHorn Materials in Silverthorne, City Market in Breckenridge and Dillon, Safeway in Frisco, Skee Vue Grocery and Liquors in Breckenridge, Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers in Dillon and Wal-Mart in Frisco.

Santry said she hopes Target in Silverthorne will decide to participate too.

Summit County is competing with Telluride, Aspen, Mountain Village, Snowmass, Basalt, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake, Granby, Winter Park, Fraser, Estes Park, Crested Butte, Vail, Avon, Eagle, Gypsum, Crested Butte, Park City, Utah, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Idaho, Hailey, Idaho, and Ketchum, Idaho.

For more information, call the High Country Conservation Center at (970) 668-5703.

Caitlin Row can be reached

at (970) 668-4633 or at

crow@summitdaily.com.