Planet Over Plastic

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Kaden Katz

The Planet Over Plastics Coalition joined forces with the Mountain Village Green Team and has a plan for Telluride and its local stores.

Kaden Katz, Staff Writer

TELLURIDE — Every year, Telluride brings in thousands of tourists to visit our beautiful mountain town. These temporary residents dine at our wonderful local restaurants, but where does all the plastic waste go? To some landfill miles away? The Planet Over Plastic Initiative aims to eliminate the damage that Mountain Village exerts on our oceans, forests, and mountains.

In July, 2019, the Mountain Village Town Council approved a resolution to reduce single-use plastics.

“[We are] encouraging our local merchants, lodgers, restaurants, and grocers to move away from single-use plastic voluntarily,” Zoe Dohnal, business development and sustainability senior manager said.   

Dohnal said that the initiative will help reduce our greenhouse gas emission and carbon footprint, as well as reach a goal of zero-waste by diverting waste from the landfills.

The Planet Over Plastics Coalition joined forces with the Mountain Village Green Team and has a plan for Telluride and its local stores.  The impact will reduce plastic waste, ensuring Telluride continues on the path towards a cleaner and healthier future.

“The resolution passed in July 2019. We are now working on phase one – collecting benchmark data for single-use plastic usage and inventory and educating business owners of the resolution. Phase two will occur in the summer- certifying participating business and providing alternative distributors lists and marketing collateral pieces for patrons. Phase three will help us determine the success of our outreach as we ask businesses to fill out the benchmark survey again in January 2020,” Dohnal said.

Single-use plastics are used only once before being thrown away.  According to an article published in January, 202 by The Natural Resources Defense Council, of the 300 million tons of plastic produced worldwide, one half is single-use items.

Planet Over Plastics works locally to build a sustainable future, and is just the beginning of a dream that Telluride and Mountain Village have for a brighter future.

For more information or to volunteer for the Planet Over Plastics, visit If anyone is interested in volunteering for programs and initiatives like this, please visit https://townofmountainvillage.com/green-living/incentive-programs/planet-over-plastics/.