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Colorado to ban single-use plastic bags in 2024

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will ban single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food containers in 2024 under a law signed by Gov. Jared Polis.

Colorado Politics reports the law signed Tuesday allows retail stores to use up their inventory by June 1, 2024, and to charge customers 10 cents per bag starting Jan. 1, 2023. SNAP, or food stamp, participants won't be charged the fee, and small stores with three or fewer locations, farmers markets and roadside stands are exempt.

Food retailers have until Jan. 1, 2024 to use up their inventory of polystyrene takeout food containers.

Advocates argue that reducing the use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers, which never degrade entirely, can mitigate pollution of rivers, oceans, relieve pressure on landfills and waste management. Restaurants and retailers hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic opposed the legislation.

Under the law, local governments can enact stricter bans. Denver enacted a 10-cent fee on plastic and single-use paper bags on July 1.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says eight other states have banned single-use bags: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont.

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  1. Not a ban its a fee. A ban would make companies illegal to provide them as an option.

      1. Ergo, illegal if the citizens didn’t vote on this approval.
        So when will Prop. 117 make this bag tax go to see if the voters approve of this new tax that doesn’t do what it was intended to do, stop use of plastic bags.

        1. KRDO, why is the word synonym of voter or elector now a banned word?

          1. a legal word, banned because it makes the gov leaders cringe because they are held accountable to this group, the voters.

    1. I went and read the legislation-rough draft-
      and it is possible they ARE going to BAN single-use bags.
      “Colorado Politics reports the law signed Tuesday allows retail stores to use up their inventory by June 1, 2024.”
      This means stores won’t even be allowed to have them available.

    2. It is a ban. DENVER currently has a 10 cent surcharge for plastic bags. Once enacted they won’t charge the fee in Denver because there will be no plastic bags.

    3. It’s a tax, not a fee. But you’re right, a ban takes them all out together. I’m wondering what the government will decide what we can or can’t do with our personal choices next. I’ve seen what those non plastic take home containers are like. One restaurant uses carboard boxes that fold on top, juices in your lap by the time you get home because…no plastic bags. Weird cardboard formed boxes that food seeps through. You’re gonna love it.

    1. Ever since KRDO became nothing more than a cheap subsidiary of CNN, things have gone downhill.

  2. Same people, or maybe children of the same people, who insisted we had to have plastic bags forty years ago are now the ones insisting we get rid of them.
    btw- whatever happened to the biodegradable ‘plastic’ bags made of cornstarch?

    Back to paper sacks.

    1. Yes, I remember the whole 1980’s paper bag hysteria about how we were cutting down all the trees and the demand for plastic bags to save the trees. I just wish people would clean up their plastic bags instead of littering. It’s nigh impossible to get a plastic bag out of a tall tree. I currently have a white plastic bag stuck way up in my maple tree!

  3. 1- Grocery stores could quit folding and crushing the zillions of cardboard boxes and offer them to the public to haul their purchases (Sam’s Club, I believe, does this at some locations).
    2- A few months ago reusable cloth bags were deemed crawling with Wuhan Virus germs (checkers still won’t touch them). So now they’re going to be OK? I love how consistent our “experts” are.
    3- When will our Woke rulers run out of fun projects that they use to justify their useless existence?

  4. People may just start making more trips to go shopping, therefore, spewing out more toxic fumes from their vehicles. I’ve noticed since the use of the IPhone, people tend to start their vehicles up and may sit for several minutes or longer texting, surfing, etc., before they proceed to their next destination. Now how much more pollution does the IPhone create?

  5. Funny – I posted yesterday and they must not have liked what I said because my comment was never posted. They must not like the truth, obviously. This is pathetic to sign this bill. Joe Public voted against this in Colorado Springs about 2 years ago and then they just go around the Will of the public and do whatever they want. Why have a voting system if you’re not going to go by the majority of for or against something. If they are so worried about one-time use for plastic, why not ban diapers. Those are multiple layers thick and will never degrade in the landfills. Why not ban anything plastic – like water bottles, jugs, laundry soap, etc. It’s all sitting in our landfills forever.

  6. Save-A-Lot has charged 5 cents for small and 10 cents for large plastic bags for years.

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