In an effort to reduce plastic waste in nearby landfills, Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows has removed water in plastic bottles from its shelves and replaced them with refillable bottles and filling stations.
The move, believed to be the first by a winter resort in the United States, is promoted as a campaign not only to reduce waste in landfills used by the resort and surrounding communities, but also a way to urge its customers to change behavior and other resorts to follow suit.
“This initiative aims to inspire guests to rethink their daily habits by choosing reusable products over single-use items,” said resort officials.
Reusable water bottles will go on sale at resort retail outlet for the same price as a single-use bottle, officials said.
As part of the program, Squaw-Alpine has set up some 20 refill stations around the resort at no cost to the consumer.
At Squaw Valley, bottles can be filled at the top of the Funitel, in the lobby or top of the tramway, on the lower level of the Olympic House, and members’ locker room.
On the Alpine Meadows side of the mountain, refilling stations have been setup at the ticket window, day lockers, main cafeteria and The Chalet at the Mid-Mountain Lodge.
Resort officials estimate that some 28,000 plastic bottles a year will be eliminated from the “waste stream,” plus reduce the overall carbon footprint of the Tahoe-area resort.
The tap water for refilling water bottles comes from wells situated in the area and have been rated as best-tasting in 2015.
Photo: No more bottled water for sale at Squaw/Alpine (Squaw Alpine/Facebook)