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More Stores Will Charge a 10-Cent Bag Fee

Released on Thursday, December 1, 2022

Contact Information

  • Holly Pummell, , 970-416-8079, hpummell@fcgov.com
  • Molly Saylor, Senior Sustainability Specialist, 970-416-2148, msaylor@fcgov.com

Starting January 1, 2023, more stores in Fort Collins and across Colorado will charge bag use fees as part of the multi-phased Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (PPRA) passed by the Colorado legislature in 2021. This includes large retailers such as home-improvement, department, clothing and convenience stores, pharmacies, and more. The state law does not apply to small stores with fewer than three Colorado locations.

Affected stores will charge shoppers a 10-cent fee for plastic and paper bags used at checkout and for pickup and delivery orders. Bag fees do not apply to shoppers participating in state and federal food programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program.

The State law follows the City of Fort Collins’ Disposable Bag Ordinance, which started in May 2022. The Fort Collins Ordinance bans plastic bags and charges a 10-cent fee for all paper bags used at large grocery stores. The State law and the City Ordinance are closely aligned and focused on making progress toward zero waste and plastic pollution goals.

Funds received from bag fees are split between the retailer - to offset the cost of switching from single-use plastic bags to paper – and the city or local municipality. Funds received by the City of Fort Collins go toward policy implementation costs as well as plastic pollution reduction, reuse and recycling programs.

“The State law is the next step in mitigating plastic pollution and shifting behaviors to encourage reuse and protect our local rivers and natural areas,” said Lead Sustainability Specialist Molly Saylor.

Saylor and City staff are working to support businesses and community members during the change. Affected businesses will receive information about the new policy, along with resources to help meet the new requirements. The City’s Bag to the Future campaign aims to help community members save money at checkout and make the shift to reusable bags or skip bags altogether.

Most households need 5-10 reusable bags. New and used reusable bags can be found through online marketplaces, in stores, or at local thrift stores.

For more information on the State Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, the Fort Collins Disposable Bag Ordinance, and how to reduce plastic pollution, visit fcgov.com/plastics.