Colorado bill banning plastic bags and foam containers, repealing preemption, heads to governor

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

A bill in Colorado banning single-use plastic bags and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) takeout containers is on its way to the governor’s desk for signature after the Senate approved HB21-1162 on June 8. 

If passed, single-use plastic bags will be banned at most stores, and restaurants will be banned from using polystyrene food service containers starting in 2024. Customers will have to pay 10 cents per paper or plastic bag beginning in 2023 until the ban goes into effect, but retailers will continue charging for paper bags after that date. 

The bill would also make Colorado the first state to repeal its preemption law, a type of policy banning municipalities from creating their own, stricter plastic packaging ordinances by July 2023. Some cities and towns already have bag bans or similar ordinances despite the preemption law, and Denver will require retailers to charge 10 cents per carryout bag starting July 1.

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