Breckenridge bag fee goes into effect

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BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — If you are planning on doing some shopping in Breckenridge, you might want to think about bringing your own bag.

The town is the latest to adopt a 10 cent fee for plastic and paper bags at all retail and grocery stores.

The fee went into effect Tuesday, which Mayor John Warner declared “Reusable Bag Day.”

The fee was adopted by town council back in April, joining other areas that have already adopted the bag fee including Telluride, Aspen, Boulder, Fraser and Carbondale.

According to the Summit Daily, Wilson Lass developed the design of the reusable “Breck Bag,” at no cost to the town. Tony Wilson took charge on the artistic development, and local artist Lisa Rivard created the design.

“We’re very psyched,” Wilson told the Summit Daily. “Breck is a leader in this kind of recycling, reusable thing. We were honored to be picked to design the very first bag.”

The “Breck Bag” is available for 99 cents at retail and lodging locations.

Revenues from the fee are used to provide public information about the fee, and promote the use of reusable bags.