Steamboat Springs City Council has made it a priority to explore measures that will promote greater recycling in the city, following initial discussions. City Council members broached the topic of local recycling during their regular meeting, when they opted to prohibit alcohol consumption at certain city parks. To go along with the city’s alcohol ban, council members initially suggested the city also ban plastic alcohol containers in parks.

Steamboat City Manager Gary Suiter said, however, that differentiating between plastic and nonplastic would be incredibly difficult to enforce. “If you’re going to ban plastic and liquor in parks, that puts it upon a police officer to go up to a private party and say, ‘OK, let’s inventory what’s in your cooler,’” Suiter told council. Suiter instead suggested the city consider a separate ban on plastic containers, which would go beyond its alcohol ordinance.

In addition to a potential ban on plastics in parks, the city plans to explore other ideas that would motivate citizens and businesses to recycle. The city, in conjunction with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, set out to identify issues with local recycling and how Steamboat’s recycling compared with other Colorado mountain towns.

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Author: Alison Berg, Steamboat Pilot & Today