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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2011, Posted On: 1/17/2011

Aspen Councilman Mulls Bottled Water Ban

Emily Jed
Aspen bottled water ban, vending machine business, recycling

ASPEN, CO -- A city councilman here is reportedly considering directing city environmental and health officials to investigate options for banning or discouraging single-use plastic bottled water containers in Aspen.

Council members present at the meeting where the proposal was announced voiced support of the directive, citing the high quality of Aspen's municipal water, according to local news reports. City environmental health specialist Ashley Cantrell said she would research what other city ordinances to weigh the possibilities, including regulatory programs banning plastic bottles and voluntary efforts the government could undertake to discourage plastic bottle use.

Among the cities that have enacted such bans is San Francisco, which has a policy of not purchasing bottled water or selling it at city-sponsored events. Concord, MA, passed a law in May banning the sale of plastic bottles within city limits, but the state attorney general found the law, which was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, to be unenforceable.

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