A new Colorado law will require businesses with three or more locations to charge customers a 10-cent fee on plastic and paper bags starting on January 1, 2023. The following year, the law expands to also ban all single-use plastic bags at the same stores and Styrofoam™ to-go containers at restaurants.
Plastic bags are produced from non-renewable resources and are very difficult to recycle. Plastic bags and Styrofoam™ are not biodegradable, so they remain as litter in the environment.
We are here to help your business understand the requirements and help you let customers know about the changes if your business is impacted.
Jan. 1, 2023: a new Colorado law will require some businesses to impose a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags
Jan. 1, 2024: Colorado law will ban single-use plastic bags at most stores and expanded polystyrene foam takeout containers (more commonly known as Styrofoam™) at restaurants
Establishments that must follow the bag fee and ban
Major grocery stores and supermarkets
Major convenience stores
Major liquor stores
Other major stores providing plastic shopping bags
Restaurants must follow the Styrofoam™ ban
Exempt establishments and items from the bag fee and ban
Customers participating in a federal or state food assistance program
Smaller stores with three or fewer locations
Farmers and roadside markets
Laundry or dry-cleaning services
Frozen food, meat, seafood, plants, and other items that could otherwise be contaminated
Toolkits for Businesses
We are here to help!
A Partners for a Clean Environment advisor can help walk you through the best way to make changes that work for your business. Email Matt Hannon, Boulder County PACE Business Sustainability Advisor at 303-441-1162.