Planet Over Plastics

Planet over Plastics

Mountain Village Voluntary Single-Use Plastic Reduction Resolution

Almost anything and everything can be made from plastics—unquestionably the world's most versatile material. But plastics are made up of synthetic chemicals that are wreaking havoc on our planet.

On July 18, 2019, the Mountain Village Town Council approved a resolution that aims to drastically reduce single-use plastics, beginning with our local merchants, lodgers, restaurants and grocers. With participation being entirely voluntary, this program is aimed to bring the Town of Mountain Village closer to its ultimate zero waste goal.

In conjunction with the Mountain Village Green Team, the Planet Over Plastics Coalition has been formed to help our businesses make the transition away from single-use plastics.

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Why Limit Plastic Consumption?

The Statistics

  • 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s. (1)
  • 91 percent of plastic isn't recycled. (2)
  • Plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade. (2)
  • 100 billion plastic bags are used by Americans every year. Tied together, they would reach around the Earth’s equator 773 times! (3)
  • There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way. (4)
  • In 2018, microplastic fell in rain across the Rocky Mountains. (5)
  • If plastic production isn’t curbed, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050. (6)
  • $11 Billion spent annually to clean up the plastics in the United States. (6)

(1) Science Advances

(2) National Geographic

(3) Earth Policy Institute

(4) United Nations

(5) The Guardian

(6) World Economic Forum Report

Resolution Timeline

Effective Jan. 1, 2020:

  • All single-use plastics should be given only upon customer request.
  • It is recommended that alternatives (paper straws, for instance) are also only given on customer request. This will minimize waste and cost impact during the transition phase.
  • With support from the coalition, businesses should begin to find alternative replacements for single-use plastic.
  • Throughout 2020, The Rise Above Plastics Coalition will continue outreach and training to encourage businesses to join the effort.

Starting Jan. 1, 2021:

  • No single-use plastic (including plant-based) should be used.
  • Alternative and eco-friendly products are encouraged, such as biodegradable or reusable material.
  • It is recommended that alternatives are also given only upon customer request to minimize waste and costs.
  • Starting in 2021, if results are not satisfactory, the Town Council may consider a mandatory ordinance which could include penalties for businesses who have not followed the resolution.

Calculate your plastic footprint.

What is considered a single-use plastic and what are the alternatives?

Are there any exemptions?

  • Upon request and without question, a single-use plastic product may be provided to a person that requires a single-use plastic product due to a disability or medical condition.
  • Pre-packaged resale items filled and sealed prior to receipt by the Grocers and Merchants.
Plastic ProductBest AlternativesBetter Alternatives

Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.)

Bulk purchasing of food in reusable containers


Bottle Caps (Plastic)

Functional replacement with reusable bottles

“Connect the Cap” technical fix available

Beverage Bottles (Plastic)

Functional replacement with reusables


Bags (Plastic)

Functional replacement with reusable bags

Natural, bio-based shopping bags (paper)

Straws, Stirrers

Functional replacement with reusable straws/stirrers

Paper or wood straws/stirrers

Lids (Plastic)

Functional replacement with reusable cups



Functional replacement with reusable utensils

Natural, bio-based biodegradable (compostable) utensils (bamboo/wood)

Take Out/Away Containers (Foam)

Functional replacement with reusable take-out containers.

Plant-based biodegradable (compostable) take-out containers

Take Out/Away Containers (Plastic)

Functional replacement with reusable containers

Plant-based biodegradable (compostable) take-out containers

Cups, Plates (Plastic)

Functional replacement with reusable cups

Plant-based biodegradable (compostable) cups

Cups, Plates (Foam)

Functional replacement with reusable cups

Plant-based biodegradable (compostable) cups


Cultural alternatives to balloon releases

Plant-based biodegradable (compostable) alternatives