Plastic Bags Will Officially Be Banned in Colorado Starting January 1st

By Shawn Patrick on December 28, 2023
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For the last year, if you went shopping in Colorado and forgot to bring your own bags, most places offered plastic bags for a 10 cent fee. However, next week even buying plastic bags in Colorado will be banned. 

The new law is part of House Bill 21-1162 that the Colorado General Assembly enacted in 2021.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, Colorado stores and retail food establishments, places like large chain grocery stores and convenience stores, will be prohibited from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers. 

The law says restaurants, as well as small stores that operate solely in Colorado and have three or fewer locations, are exempt from the bag ban.

All stores that sell groceries are still permitted to offer single-use paper bags (at a fee of 10 cents per bag), although some stores, such as Walmart, are doing away with those as an option as well on a voluntary basis. 

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