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Don't Forget Your Reusable Bag


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Are you stocked up on reusable bags? The bill to ban plastic bags and polystyrene carryout containers in restaurants and stores was signed in June of 2021. The bill will phase out plastic bag use in stages. Starting in January 2023 retailers, restuarants, and grocerty stores will charge 10 cents per bag for both paper and plastic bags. Single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers will be banned in January 2024.


The Logistics


Come January 2024 stores will be able to furnish recycled paper bags to customers for the 10 cents fee, but not plastic. Restuarants will no longer be able to use Styrofoam or other polystyrene containers. Stores are required to charge 10 cents per bag but may charge more. Louisville has a 25 cent per bag fee. Aspen has banned bags since 2012 and charges 20 cents per paper bags. Boulder charges 10 cents per bag.


Restaurants, major grocery stores, major convenience stores, major liquor stores, major retailers, and other major stores must follow the bans. Smaller stores with three or less locations, farmers markets, laundry/dry cleaning services, pharmices and bulk stores are exempt.



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