Carryout Bags & Containers (Fees, Bans, Reusables)
Resources from Eco-Cycle
Colorado-based non-profit Eco-Cycle has developed a number of helpful resources for businesses navigating this law and the phased impacts from 2023 to 2024 and beyond.
Avoid the fee and reduce waste - bring your own bag!
How to get a reusable bag
Inform stores of the polystyrene ban
Remitting collected bag fee funds
What happens in 2024 to the bag fees?
Starting January 1, 2024 single-use plastic carryout bags are banned across Colorado in affected stores. Stores may still provide paper bags, but they must continue to charge a $0.10 fee for these bags and the bags must be 100% recycled content.
Stores must continue to remit 60% of any collected fees on a quarterly basis to the City of Durango. Stores remitting for the first time, or who have missed a submission at any point must remit any backlog of collected fees.
There is no change in 2024 regarding what stores are or are not affected by the carryout bag part of the law.
What stores are affected by the CARRYOUT BAG part of the state law?
What stores are affected by the POLYSTYRENE (STYROFOAM®) CONTAINER part of the state law?
A list of exempted businesses can be found on the Eco-Cycle Guide to the 2024 Polystyrene Ban.