Colorado, Whatever happened to the plastic bag fees?
Whatever happened to the plastic bag fees that the big stores, like Walmart and others, intended to charge customers back in the summer?
Well, they're coming. Colorado's law to ban plastic bags as well as polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) food containers will officially go into effect on January 1, 2023
The upcoming bill signed in by Governor Polis will allow retail stores to charge consumers a 10-cent fee for the use of those bags beginning January 2023. The charge will be exempt for those on the food stamps program or small businesses with three or fewer locations.
Medical facilities will also be exempt.
Coming in January of 2024, styrofoam, used by restaurants as take-out containers, will be the next to be banned. All retailers will have all of 2023 to get rid of their inventory.
Colorado is the first state to take action on plastic pollution.
Many Coloradans are excepting of the new law but would like a few suggestions.
Cloth shopping bags
Reusable Gift bags
Net or mesh sports bag
Compostable Environment-Friendly Bags
Finally, if you store all those plastic bags under the sink or in a box. Feel free to reuse those as many times as you can before they fall apart.
Let's all do our part, Colorado.
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