A request to ban single-use plastic bags and place a 10-cent fee on paper bags was brought before the Steamboat Springs City Council last week by three members of the Teen Council. The trio spoke eloquently, and their presentation was backed up by a standing room-only crowd.
Their request came three decades after another group of impassioned residents — carrying fabric reusable bags and calling themselves Environment 2000 — made a similar request to a different council. This time around, City Council appears to be poised to take action.
Steamboat Springs is not blazing the trail on this particular issue. In fact, we could be considered late adopters if the ban moves forward. Many mountain communities already ban single-use plastic bags, and to us, it's a no-brainer for Steamboat to follow suit.