Please ask your City Council member to support a measure to stop the sale of single-use water bottles under a gallon. Now is the time to reduce Single-use plastics (SUPs) here in Fort Collins! The Cities of Frisco, Breckenridge and Telluride have already done this. FoCo Trash Mob has done the research and laid the groundwork for our City Council (see all that here). Councilmembers are receptive to this idea, but they need to hear from you! Please cc us at focotrashmob@gmail.com and ask for a reply.

Contact your City Council member, and request that they support Refills NOT Landfills. Find your council member here, and feel free to use one or more of the prompts below:

  • 20 sips from a SUP water bottle takes 450 years to decompose. This is not a sustainable equation.
  • 80% of single-use plastic ends up in our landfills.
  • The World Economic Forum notes that plastic production is projected to double in the next 20 years.
  • 40% of the four billion+ pounds of plastic manufactured in the last year was for single-use plastic.
  • The American Water Works Association awarded Fort Collins as having the best water in the Rocky Mt. region and second best in the nation.
  • Bottled water is a significant waste of natural resources, as well as a contributor to climate change given the carbon impact of production and shipping.
  • In the context of the world shifting away from fossil fuels as an energy source, the oil and gas industries are looking at plastic production as their new frontier.
  • Plastic production is basically a subsidy for fracking.
  • Bottled water is NOT safer than tap water. Tap water is more regulated than bottled water as it falls under EPA guidelines.