Plastic and paper bag fees begin in 2023
Effective January 1, 2023 the State of Colorado has mandated that most major retail businesses are required to charge a 10 cent bag fee for each single-use plastic and paper bag used at checkout.
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What businesses are included in the single-use bag fee?
- Grocery stores and supermarkets
- Major retailers
- Major convenience stores
- Clothing stores
- Hardware stores
- Other stores that are a franchise or a chain located outside of Colorado
- Other major stores that include self-checkout and delivery services
- Major liquor stores
Exemptions from the single-use bag fee
- Customers that provide evidence to the store that they are a participant in a federal or state food assistance program.
- Farmers markets
- Laundry or dry cleaning services
- Bulk stores
- Smaller businesses with three or fewer locations
- Bags used by consumers inside the store for items like produce, bulk items, candy, small hardware items, meat, bakery or floral items.
- Restaurants are exempt from the single-use bag fee however they will be prohibited from distributing polystyrene foam containers beginning in 2024.
Where will the bag fee money go?
- Businesses retain 40% of the fee to cover the cost of administration and compliance
- Evans receives 60% of the fee which will be deposited into the City’s Refuse Collection Fund, and used to offset expenses incurred to provide trash collection and recycling services to the residents of Evans.
- The single-use bag fee is not a tax
- The 10-cent bag fee is not subject to Colorado or City of Evans sales tax 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.
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.