Colorado Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Failed
Status Date February 07, 2021
Notes Introduced to repeal langauage in CO law that prohibits local governement from bannong plastic packaging.
Updated June 11, 2021

Aspen

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • 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. 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
Comply Date May 01, 2012
Ordinance Title 13, Chapter 13.24
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Updated October 02, 2019

Avon

Status Approved
Status Date October 10, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 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 A bag that: 1. Is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; 2. Is made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; 3. Is at least two and one-fourth (2.25) mils thick if made from plastic; and 4. Has the capability of carrying a minimum of eighteen (18) pounds.
Stores Affected Retailer means any person, corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a customer. Retailer" includes"
Fees grocery store
Comply Date May 01, 2018
Ordinance 17-08
Notes hardware store
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Updated October 02, 2019

Basalt

Status Failed
Status Date September 27, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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
Comply Date May 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 October 02, 2019

Boulder City

Status Approved
Status Date November 15, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Details:
  • $0.10 fee for disposable bags.
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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 and, 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
Comply Date June 30, 2012
Ordinance 7870
Notes Holding a public meeting April 24th, 2012 for review.
Updated October 02, 2019

Breckenridge

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • 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
Comply Date October 15, 2013
Ordinance Chapter 12
Updated October 02, 2019

Colorado Springs

Status Failed
Status Date August 14, 2020
Reusable Definition 8/14/2020- meeting vottd down to add on the 2020 ballot. Held a meeting July 29 with the public (virtually) to see if they have support to add this to the Nov 3 ballot for a $0.10 per bag tax
Updated September 03, 2020

Crested Butte

Status Approved
Status Date May 15, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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.
Comply Date September 01, 2018
Ordinance #5
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Updated October 02, 2019

Denver

Status Approved
Status Date August 18, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Not banned- see Fee for all plastic and paper
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Not banned- see Fee for all plastic and paper
Reusable Definition “Reusable carryout bag” means a bag: 34 (1) Specifically intended for multiple reuse; 2 1 (2) Made of cloth, fiber, or other fabric or material that can be cleaned and disinfected 2 regularly, and must be machine-washable; 3 (3) That has handles; 4 (4) If made of plastic material, cannot be plastic film where thickness is measured in mils; 5 (5) That has a permanent tag identifying the name of the manufacturer, the material used to 6 manufacture it, and location (country) where it was manufactured; 7 (5) Capable of carrying twenty-two pounds or more; and, 8 (6) Capable of one hundred twenty-five (125) uses or more.
Stores Affected
Retail store” means any public commercial business engaged in the sale of personal 29 consumer goods, household items, or groceries to customers who use or consume such items. 30 “Retail store” does not include restaurants or other businesses where retail sales are clearly 31 secondary and incidental to the primary ...view more occurring within the business or any temporary 32 vendors or temporary events view less
Fees $0.10 fee for paper and plastic bags that are not reusable.
Comply Date July 01, 2021
Ordinance Bill 19-1176
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Updated August 18, 2020

Dillon

Status Approved
Status Date February 01, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Disposable paper bag means 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 means a bag that is: A. 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. That is at least two and one-quarter (2.25) mil thick if made from plastic; D. Has a minimum lifetime of at least seventy five (75) uses; and E. Has the capability of carrying a minimum of eighteen (18) pounds
Stores Affected
Market means a retail establishment or business located within Town of Dillon corporate limits in a permanent building, operating year round, that is a selfservice market and that sells items including, but not limited to, food items, meats, produce, household supplies, personal care items, dairy products, or other perishable items. ...view more Resturants are not included. view less
Fees Fee allowed for paper bags- must apply for approval
Comply Date August 01, 2021
Ordinance #21-20
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Updated June 11, 2021

Durango

Status Approved
Status Date September 15, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Details:
  • $0.10 fee for disposable bags
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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.
Comply Date March 01, 2014
Ordinance 0-2013-11
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Updated October 02, 2019

Fort Collins

Status Failed
Notes 10/21/2014 City repealed plastic bag ordinance.
Updated October 02, 2019

Frisco

Status Approved
Status Date August 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Acceptable, but store must charge $0.25 fee per bag
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 124% Min Recyclable
  • 3% Min PCW
Details:
  • Retail store: means 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 farmer’s markets or other temporary events; or restaurants or other businesses (e.g., service providers such as salons and spas) where retail sales are clearly secondary and incidental to the primary activity occurring within the business.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag: means a bag made of canvas, woven polypropylene, or similar types of durable materials.
Fees Fee on non reusuable bags (plastic) $0.25
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 19-14
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Updated February 03, 2020

Gunnison Valley

Status Pending
Notes Considering a ban on plastic bags
Updated October 02, 2019

Louisville

Status Approved
Status Date February 05, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min Recyclable
Details:
  • No food store shall provide any paper bag that is not a recycled paper bag. "Recycled paper bag" means a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable and contains at least forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means any bag meeting the following criteria:A bag that is at least 2.25 millimeters thick if made of plastic. Is made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; Has a minimum lifetime of seventy-five (75) uses; and Has the capability of carrying a minimum of eighteen (18) pounds.
Stores Affected
Reference 3.20.020 https://library.municode.com/co/louisville/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT3REFI_CH3.20SAUSTA #51 Retailer means any person selling, leasing, renting, or granting a license to use tangible personal property or services at retail. Retailer shall include but is not limited to, any: (1) auctioneer; (2) salesperson, representative, peddler or canvasser, who makes sales as a direct or indirect agent ...view more or obtains such property or services sold from a dealer, distributor, supervisor or employer; (3) charitable organization or governmental entity which makes sales of tangible personal property to the public, notwithstanding the fact that the merchandise sold may have been acquired by gift or donation or that the proceeds are to be used for charitable or governmental purposes; (4) retailer-contractor, when acting in the capacity of a seller of building supplies, construction materials, and other tangible personal property. view less
Fees $0.25 tax on paper and plastic bags
Comply Date January 01, 2022
Ordinance 1797- disposable bag tax
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Updated June 11, 2021

Mountain Village

Status Pending
Notes 2012 2nd qtr. Drafting ban.
Updated October 02, 2019

Nederland

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2015
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 2.25
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • No food store shall provide any paper bag that is not a recycled paper bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means any bag meeting the following criteria: A bag that is at least 2.25 millimeters thick. Is made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; Has a minimum lifetime of seventy-five (75) uses; and Has the capability of carrying a minimum of eighteen (18) pounds.
Stores Affected 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 farmer’s markets or other temporary events.
Fees $0.10 fee for disposable paper or plastic bags
Comply Date June 01, 2015
Ordinance # 737, Article VII waster minimization
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Updated December 10, 2019

Roaring Fork Valley

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • 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. 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
Comply Date May 01, 2012
Ordinance 12
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Updated October 02, 2019

Statewide Legislation

Status Inactive
Status Date August 06, 2020
Reusable Definition As of 8/6/2020 this is officially on hold due to Covid 19. Next meeting is 12/31/2020
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance CO HB 20-1163
Updated June 11, 2021

Telluride

Status Approved
Status Date October 05, 2010
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
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 Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Comply Date March 01, 2011
Ordinance 1340
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Updated October 02, 2019

Town of Cabondale

Status Approved
Status Date October 25, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • 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. 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
Comply Date May 01, 2012
Ordinance 12
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Updated October 02, 2019

Vail

Status Approved
Status Date March 01, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Details:
  • 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
Comply Date August 01, 2015
Ordinance 2(2015)
Updated October 02, 2019

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