Single Use Bag Fee

Don't Forget Your Bag

Last year, the State of Colorado mandated that most major retail businesses were required to charge a 10-cent bag fee for each single-use plastic and paper bag used at checkout.  

Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, that law is entering its next phase, prohibiting stores and retail food establishments from providing single-use plastic bags. 

On and after Jan. 1, 2024, a store may only furnish paper bags (for 10 cents) at the point of sale.

Certain retail food establishments, and small stores that operate solely in Colorado and have 3 or fewer locations, may provide single-use plastic bags.

Also beginning Jan. 1, 2024, retail food establishments in the State of Colorado are prohibited from distributing containers and cups made from polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam. Learn more about the polystyrene ban.

For more information on this mandate please reference the Colorado HB21-1162 or the Colorado Department of Revenue. For additional resources, you can reference the business guide put together by Eco-cycle.