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County to encourage reusable bags

Summit County has begun conversations to develop a resolution to encourage the use of reusable grocery bags and reduce the use of single-use plastic bags. The resolution would be mirrored after the one passed on July 25 by Park City.

Jaren Scott, Solid Waste Superintendent for Summit County, supports the resolution because, he says, single-use plastic bags are quite a problem, especially for the county’s landfills.

“It’s our number one eyesore. They get airborne quickly and we’re constantly picking them up,” Scott said. “These plastic bags are the lightest things in the trash, so they are the ones that cause the most nuisance.”

Scott says blown litter is a huge problem at landfills but he hopes that, with the education efforts this resolution would initiate, plastic bag use will decrease, thus prolonging the life of landfills and “making the county look better.”

The county would partner with Recycle Utah, with the primary effort being education encouraging people not to use plastic bags and instead to use reusable bags. They will be educating students in schools about reusable bags as well as what can and cannot be recycled.