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Colorado - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Failed
Notes SB513 (2009).
Updated April 20, 2012

Aspen

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/25/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary None stated
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabrics that is at least 2.25 mil. thick Has a minimum life of over 75 uses and can carry over 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
Grocer. The term Grocer means a retail establishment or business located within Aspen City limits in a permanent building, operating year round, that is a full-line, self-service market and which sells a line of staple foodstuffs, meat, produce, household supplies, or dairy products or other perishable items. Grocer does not ...view more (a) Temporary vending establishment of fruits, vegetables, packaged meats and dairy. (b) Vendors at farmer's markets or other temporary events. (c) Locations where foodstuffs is not the majority of sales for that business. (d) Locations where the facility is less than 3500 square feet. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.20 per bag
Compliance Date 05/01/2012
Ordinance Title 13, Chapter 13.24
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Updated October 29, 2012

Basalt

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Status Failed
Status Date 09/27/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag that is intended for multiple reuses. A reusable bag can be washed pr cleaned without destroying the integrity of the bag. A reusable bag can be made out of a number of materials, including but not limited to cloth or fiber, heavy grade plastic, treated grain bag, wire or natural basket.
Stores Affected Grocery Stores
Fees Plastic/Paper: $0.20 per bag
Compliance Date 05/01/2012
Ordinance 19
Notes The City board members had approved the ordinance- but it went to a vote on the ballot and failed in April 2012.
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Updated April 20, 2012

Boulder City

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/15/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: $0.10 fee for disposable bags. 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabrics that is at least 2.25 mil. thick Has a minimum life of over 75 uses and can carry over 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
"Food Stores" means a retail establishment or business located within the Boulder city limits in a permanent building, operating year und, that is a full-line, self-service market and which sells a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce or dairy products or other perishable items. "Food Store" does not include: (a) ...view more vending establishments for fruits, vegetables, packaged meats and dairy. (b) Vendors at farmer's markets or other temporary events (c) Business at which food stuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be "incidental" if such sales comprise no more that 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the city as measured by the dollar value of the food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 06/30/2012
Ordinance 7870
Notes Holding a public meeting April 24th, 2012 for review.
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Updated November 26, 2012

Breckenridge

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/01/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick or a bag made of canvas, woven polypropylene, or similar types of durable materials. (Ord. 6, Series 2013)
Stores Affected
Retail Store: Any public commercial business engaged in the sale of personal consumer goods, household items, or groceries to customers who use or consume such items. "Retail store" does not include temporary vendors at farmers' markets or other temporary events; or restaurants or other businesses (e.g., service providers such as ...view more and spas) where retail sales are clearly secondary and incidental to the primary activity occurring within the business. view less
Fees $0.10 fee for disposable bags
Compliance Date 10/15/2013
Ordinance Chapter 12
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Updated February 19, 2015

Crested Butte

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/15/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabrics that is at least 2.25 mil. thick, has a minimum life of over 75 uses and can carry over 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Retailer means a retail establishment or business that is a retail operation in the business of selling goods.
Compliance Date 09/01/2018
Ordinance #5
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Updated August 31, 2016

Denver

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Status Pending
Notes In the process of developing an ordinance that would impose a $0.05 fee on plastic and paper bags offered at retail in the City. Still under development.
Updated May 13, 2013

Durango

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/15/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: $0.10 fee for disposable bags. 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabrics that is at least 2.25 mil. thick Has a minimum life of over 75 uses and can carry over 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
"Grocer" means a retail establishment or business located within the City in a permanent building, operating year round, that is a full-line, self-service market with a retail market area of 25,000 square feet or more and which sells a line of staple foodstuffs, meats or dairy products or other perishable ...view more "Grocer" does not mean: (a) Temporary vending establishments for fruits, vegetables, packaged meats or dairy; (b) Vendors at farmer's markets or other temporary events. view less
Fees $0.10 fee for disposable bags.
Compliance Date 03/01/2014
Ordinance 0-2013-11
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Updated October 15, 2013

Fort Collins

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Status Failed
Notes 10/21/2014 City repealed plastic bag ordinance.
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Updated January 28, 2015

Gunnison Valley

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Status Pending
Notes Considering a ban on plastic bags
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Updated March 12, 2014

Mountain Village

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Status Pending
Notes 2012 2nd qtr. Drafting ban.
Updated April 20, 2012

Roaring Fork Valley

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/25/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary None listed
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabrics that is at least 2.25 mil. thick Has a minimum life of over 75 uses and can carry over 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
Grocer. The term Grocer means a retail establishment or business located within Aspen City limits in a permanent building, operating year round, that is a full-line, self-service market and which sells a line of staple foodstuffs, meat, produce, household supplies, or dairy products or other perishable items. Grocer does not ...view more (a) Temporary vending establishment of fruits, vegetables, packaged meats and dairy. (b) Vendors at farmer's markets or other temporary events. (c) Locations where foodstuffs is not the majority of sales for that business. (d) Locations where the facility is less than 3500 square feet. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.20 per bag
Compliance Date 05/01/2012
Ordinance 12
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Updated April 22, 2012

Telluride

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/05/2010
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses and is either made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabric and is suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected Grocer. Grocer means a retail establishment or Business within the Town limits that is a full- line, self-service market, with a retail market area of 2000 square feet and which sells a line of staples foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, or dairy products or other perishable items.
Fees None
Compliance Date 03/01/2011
Ordinance 1340
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Updated May 21, 2012

Town of Cabondale

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/25/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary None listed
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically intended for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabrics that is at least 2.25 mil. thick Has a minimum life of over 75 uses and can carry over 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
Grocer. The term Grocer means a retail establishment or business located within Aspen City limits in a permanent building, operating year round, that is a full-line, self-service market and which sells a line of staple foodstuffs, meat, produce, household supplies, or dairy products or other perishable items. Grocer does not ...view more (a) Temporary vending establishment of fruits, vegetables, packaged meats and dairy. (b) Vendors at farmer's markets or other temporary events. (c) Locations where foodstuffs is not the majority of sales for that business. (d) Locations where the facility is less than 3500 square feet. view less
Fees Paper Fee: $0.20 per bag
Compliance Date 05/01/2012
Ordinance 12
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Updated April 22, 2012

Vail

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/01/2015
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Disposable Paper Bag: A bag made predominately of paper that is provided to a customer by a grocer at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting goods.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A bag that: A. Is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; B. Is made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; C. Is at least two and one-fourth (2.25) mils thick if made from plastic;
Stores Affected
A retail business that is located in a permanent building in the town containing at least four thousand (4,000) square feet of retail space, that operates year round as a full line, self-service market offering for sale staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, or other perishable items for off premises human consumption, ...view more does not include businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. view less
Fees $0.10 fee for disposable paper bags
Compliance Date 08/01/2015
Ordinance 2(2015)
Notes http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=560
Updated December 01, 2015
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