The Colorado National Monument is saying goodbye to plastic water bottles in efforts to become more green. The Colorado National Monument and the Colorado National Monument Association made the decision after seeing the negative effects it has on the park.
It will reduce the risk of park animals hurting themselves from ingesting the plastic. It also decreases the amount of litter from disposable bottles which is a top waste collector among the road and hike trails.
Nick Myers of the the Colorado National Monument said, "It's actually a big problem in all national parks. a huge percentage of our waste is related to plastic water bottles. Whether that its in our trash cans or along the road."
Meyers also said they have one water re-fill station at the visitor center and there are plans to install a second by April. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own re-fill water bottles to the park. If they forget to bring one, there are bottles available for purchase.