Mammoth, Mono Lake, lean toward reusable bottles, filtered water

Mammoth Lakes Tourism on Thursday announced a partnership with Nalgene, the American Park Network, and Brita Hydration Station on a plastic bottle trade-in program in support of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA).

Tourism officials said beginning this week, area residents and visitors to Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining can recycle their single use and disposable plastic bottles in exchange for a limited edition, reusable Nalgene bottle. 
Meanwhile, at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitors Center, visitors can get refills of all bottles at a new Brita Hydration Station. 
In addition to trading in their old bottles, residents and visitors are encouraged to take a pledge not to use disposable and single use bottles for a week, a month, or a year. 
A suggested donation of $5 will support ESIA. All donations will go toward supporting the organization, the press release stated.
Visitors can stop by the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center or Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, a designated California Welcome Center, during regular visitor center hours to trade in their bottles and sign the pledge.
The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is located one mile off U.S. 395 on S.R. 203 (2510 Main Street), at the entrance to Mammoth. 
It is open daily year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding some holidays. For more information, call 760-924-5500 or visit
The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitors Center is located at the north end of Lee Vining overlooking Mono Lake. It is open from April to November and summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 760-647-3042 or visit