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Colorado plastic bag ban bill heads to governor’s desk for signature


DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- As Colorado's legislative session comes to a close, both the Senate and House approved a bill that would ban plastic bags from being given in stores.

The ban won't take effect right away. If signed, the bill would take effect in 2024. Grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses will no longer be able to provide plastic bags to customers.

Restaurants are expected to see a bigger impact, the bill would ban Styrofoam containers, limiting the way restaurants provide customers with leftovers.

However, if a restaurant or grocery store has a surplus of plastic bags or Styrofoam containers, they can still give them out =at the cost of the consumer. For each bag given, the customer will have to pay ten cents each.

There are some exceptions to these potential restrictions. Small mom-and-pop type grocery stores with three or fewer locations can still give out plastic bags, but they will have to still charge ten cents each.

Even before the bag ban would start in Colorado, that ten-cent fee would start in 2023 in an effort to encourage more people to use reusable bags. From 2023 until 2024, each plastic and paper bag given out will cost ten cents. Part of the money raised from those fees will go toward recycling programs and also to the store. Even after 2024, the ten-cent fee on paper bags will remain.

For more on Senate Bill 21-180, click here.

Chase Golightly

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  1. So this is one of the most important issues facing Colorado that legislators are working on? No wonder we are on the way to collapse! Welcome to California 2.0.

  2. where does this leave those on SNAP< or who must use the bus to get groceries?
    I'll just let them put my groceries back in the cart after scanning- all my bags and boxes are in my trunk. Wonder if this affects grocery home delivery.
    The comment above is correct- we are being turned into Calipornia.

  3. This is one of the dumbest things they are considering – along with all the other stupid stuff they worry about. If you are going to worry about a plastic bag, then why not get rid of everything plastic? Why not get rid of diapers and have people use cloth again… Those diapers are in our landfills and won’t ever dissolve, nor will plastic milk jugs, water bottles, soda bottles, condiment bottles etc. Let’s just ban everything and go back to the way things used to be, with glass and cloth.

  4. Yee Haw! The Ban Wagon just arrived from the West. Y’all jump on board and ride into the future. Leave your guns at home.

  5. The law of unintended consequences will bite the left in the arse over this one and they don’t even see it coming.

    1. Doesn’t matter. all elections that are close (within 1 percent) will miraculously go the Democrats way at 3 o’clock in the morning. Even though statistically impossible, they’ll claim we are poor sports and that we don’t have any proof.

  6. A ban would make them illegal to be used. this is a fee not a ban. This does not solve the problem only keep it alive and now at the consumer’s cost. well done Colorado Lawmakers, fail again.

    1. Because of Preposition 117 at $0.05 per bag or container being charged over the next 5 years won’t this cross the threshold of $100 Million or $20 million annually? And since this is every bag and every Styrofoam container that every Coloradoan will have to pay for every time, doesn’t this bill need to go to the people according to Proposition 117 to see if “We the People” approve of this ban that is actually a fee?
      Here let’s do some math.
      Let’s grossly underestimate that every house will pay for 2 bags of groceries every week. That’s $0.10 every week.
      According to the Census taken on April 1, 2020, Colorado’s populace is approximately 5,773,714.
      There are 52 weeks in a year.
      (0.10 x 5,773,714) x 52 = $30,023,213.80
      That’s the revenue from just 1 year of every person just buying 2 bags a week.
      According to Proposition 117, this bill cannot be simply passed into law because of the fees applied. This bill will have to go to a vote for the People of the State of Colorado decide.

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