Polystyrene Ban

Styrofoam food containers

Starting Jan. 1, 2024, retail food establishments in the State of Colorado are prohibited from distributing containers and cups made from expanded polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam. The polystyrene ban is part House Bill 21-1162, also known as the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, that was passed in 2021. Starting Jan. 1, 2024, the act also prohibits stores and retail food establishments from providing single-use plastic bags

Who does the ban apply to?

The ban applies to retail food establishments, which are defined as businesses that prepare or package food for human consumption either directly or through a delivery service. The food can be eaten on or off the premises of the food establishment, including: 

  • Restaurants
  • Fast food establishments
  • Food trucks
  • Cafeterias
  • Schools 

What types of polystyrene (or Styrofoam) containers are included in the ban?

  • Hinged food containers
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups 
  • Trays

What about polystyrene products that a retail food establishment has already purchased?

If a retail food establishment purchased polystyrene products before Jan. 1, 2024, they may distribute any remaining inventory of the polystyrene products until the inventory is depleted.

Additional information and resources

Visit Eco-Cycle's website for more information about the ban, including information on: