Colorado Bag Fee
Colorado residents will be charged a 10-cent bag fee beginning January 1, 2023.
This new state mandate requires certain retail stores to charge a 10-cent fee for each carryout bag. Shoppers are encouraged to begin bringing their own reusable bags.
A portion of the revenue collected in Wheat Ridge from the bag fees will be used for the City's Sustainable Neighborhood programs.
Read the Colorado bag fee bill: Colorado HB21-1162
A Guide to Bag Fees for Businesses: Eco-Cycle
- What is the Colorado bag fee bill?
The State of Colorado passed the bag fee bill that will go into effect January 1, 2023. This bill requires retailers to charge a 10-cent carryout bag fee per bag.
- When will the bag fee bill go into effect?
January 1, 2023
- Does everyone have to pay the bag fee?
People who are receiving food assistance from federal, or government programs are not required to pay the bag fee. They must provide evidence of assistance to be exempt.
- What establishments are exempt from charging a bag fee?
Local Colorado establishments with 3 or fewer locations.
- What establishments are required to charge the bag fee?
Grocery stores, major retailers, convenience stores, and major franchises.
- Why has Colorado passed the bag fee bill?
The bill was passed to support the effort to reduce plastic waste in Colorado.
- Where is the revenue from the fee collecting in Wheat Ridge going?
A portion of the revenue collected in Wheat Ridge will go to Sustainable Wheat Ridge programs.
- Will there be a bag fee charge for self checkout and delivery services?
- How can I avoid the bag fee?
BYOB - Bring your own bag.
- Does the law apply to roadside food stands and Farmer's Markets?
No, the law does not apply to these places. Most of these have three or less establishments in the state and therefore the law does not apply.
- Does this apply to eating establishments?
No, HB21-1162 exempts retail food establishments from charging this fee.