Various sources estimate that the average U.S. citizen uses more than 300 single-use plastic bags in a year. When related to Littleton's estimated 42,000 residents that equates to more than 12 million single-use plastic bags used annually. Some of these plastic bags become litter and pollute the South Platte River, resulting in significant public funds being spent for clean-up.
As a service to their customers, numerous grocery and retail outlets in the metro area offer plastic bag recycling services to ensure those bags are recycled and put to beneficial use. Better yet, reduce the number of bags you use by using a reusable shopping bag to transport your purchases, and be sure to clean your reusable bags regularly.