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Colorado House passes bill to ban plastic bags

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DENVER (KRDO) -- A bill to ban certain single-use plastics is moving forward in the Colorado Legislature. It includes things like plastic bags at grocery stores and styrofoam containers often used for takeout orders at restaurants.

If this bill is signed into law, stores would only be allowed to use recycled paper carryout bags, and customers would have to pay 10 cents for each bag they use or bring their own.

The money from those bag fees would go to recycling programs. Stores using plastic bags and styrofoam containers would be able to use up their inventory before making the switch.

Democratic Representative Alex Valdez is one of the sponsors of the bill, he says plastic pollution is a crisis in our state and country and this bill is a step towards helping the environment. He also raised concerns about plastic pollution leading to microplastics that end up in our food.

Democratic Representative Lisa Cutter also sponsors the bill and says the issue is too big to fix with recycling.

But it's not all smooth sailing for the bill. Even though it passed the house, Republican Representative Colin Larson voted against the measure.

Larson said, "In a year where restaurants have been absolutely devastated because of Covid and everything else going on to raise their cost of doing business by buying more expensive takeout material just really seems tone-deaf."

The bill passed the house on Wednesday by a 40 to 23 vote, showing a lean towards support of the measure. Now it's heading to the senate. If approved, it would go into effect in September of next year.

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  1. “In a year where restaurants have been absolutely devastated because of Covid and everything else going on to raise their cost of doing business by buying more expensive takeout material just really seems tone-deaf.”

    Somebody used to work for a living.

    1. If they just banned plastic bags that would be fine but this is another tax which is the last thing we need. Wait until homeowners especially older homeowners get their 2021 property tax bill which has taken a huge jump. The government is intent on breaking the back of the middle class, taxes are one of the tools that the radical marxist democrats will use to destroy America.
      They want to completely turn us into slaves.

  2. Really…banning plastic bags? Look around at the economic disaster these face masks are causing…far worse then a plastic bag. Politicians…sheesh…put a sock in it and ban face masks!!! They do not work and if any of you…yes any of you can give me some consistent and real data that supports your mask theory the door is open for your reply. And please…not what that dimwit Faucci says.

    1. Face masks do nothing to prevent Covid. Also, so now I will be penalized for using plastic bags when I have been in stores that do not allow reusable bags due to covid?

    2. Masks work very well. If they stop having to smell of your kalifornia meth breath I say let’s make them a permanent requirement.

      1. Such a childish response from someone who is commenting at 2:57 AM…lol. Can’t sleep Alexi? Makes us go HMMMMMM!

  3. That’s not a ban, that’s a State mandated fee that the consumers will pay, there is a difference. And this will not fix the problem only further tax the constituents.

    1. Passing a bill as a “ban”, when in reality it only gives the state the ability to further financially impact their constituents only further causes problems rather than addressing the real problem which is the use of the plastic bags and Styrofoam packaging.
      People will still pay $.10 per bag and continue polluting because it is a simple luxury that is seen as miniscule on the individual basis, which does not address the real problem.
      To address the real problem, the State has to go after the Corporations and advise them that they are no longer allowed to use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers or they will be fined heavy fines that go up incrementally per violation.
      Go back to good old bio-degradable and recyclable paper.

      1. Is our Government “For the People”, or “For the highest bidder”?

  4. This will further penalize folks who use snap.
    Time to start saving every plastic bag you can get your hands on.
    Those re-usable bags are expensive, not sanitary, and do NOT hold much.bags-which someone in the reusable bag business is fixin’ to make a fortune.
    Stores should be forced to GIVE AWAY a minimum of 10 bags per patron. The state can spend another couple hundred thousand sending out and redeeming vouchers for them.

  5. Face masks do nothing to prevent Covid. Also, so now I will be penalized for using plastic bags when I have been in stores that do not allow reusable bags due to covid?

  6. This is about as funny as it gets. Those of us old enough remember a time when paper bags where the problem and plastic the solution.

    1. plastic was a solution to moist, wet, leaky groceries such as leaks from meat packages, chicken juices, or blood, stuff that can contaminate your other foodstuffs and make you ill.
      Paper bags, once wet, will tear. Re-usable bags are cheaply made, have no anti-bacterial properties, and are a noticeable expense for people if we are forced to use them. Alex Valdez is a sponsor of this bill write to him here: alex.valdez.house@state.co.us and tell him to reconsider. I will just have them put all my groceries back in my cart after scanning them- and then pack them into my trunk-where I will keep a supply of bags to transport them into my house if this legislation takes effect.

      1. Sorry Fcn2.0…as you can see the comment was meant for Alexi…my screen scrolled and I replied to you. Technology!

      2. Have no idea what is going on and why my posts are bouncing to you when I reply to Alexi

    2. You…Alexi are the funny one…humorous in fact…2:50 AM…three minutes after your last post….and who’s on Meth? Just sayin

    3. You…Alexi are the funny one…humorous in fact…2:50 AM…three minutes after your last post…and who’s on Meth? Just sayin

    4. You…Alexi are the funny one…humorous in fact…2:50 AM…three minutes after your last post….and who’s on Meth? Just sayin

  7. I find it is humorous that the Democrats try to out “progressive” each other. Should be an easy win for the Republican’s in 2 years.

  8. Single use? We always reuse the plastic bags from the grocery store. Want to ban single use trash? Ban the worthles face masks we are all forced to use, and that we see littering all of our communities.

    1. Are you that boomer-brained that you cannot see that this ban is a tax?
      If they just banned plastic bags that would be fine but this is just a pretense for another tax, something we do not need.

  9. This is what happens when Democrats are put in charge. This is a perfect example of their priority… to rule over our lives, because they know what’s best for us.

  10. Sorry, but I see no plastic bag crisis – other than at homeless sites. Perhaps that should give them a clue where they should be addressing their legislation.

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