Under a bill passed by the Colorado State Legislature in 2021, the State will place a 10-cent fee on all single-use disposable bags supplied by retailers to customers (plastic and paper bags) starting January 1, 2023. The bill bans single-use plastic bags and polystyrene to-go food containers starting January 1, 2024. There are exceptions, please see the outline below of the Fee on Disposable Bags.
FEE ON DISPOSABLE PLASTIC AND PAPER BAGS (Effective Jan. 1, 2023)
|Covered under the ban and bag fee||Exemptions from the ban and bag fee|
*those with more than three locations or with locations outside Colorado
*those with three or fewer locations operating solely in Colorado
POLYSTYRENE (STYROFORM) (Effective Jan. 1, 2024)
|Covered under the ban||Exemptions from the ban|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reason for the Fee on Disposable Bags? The State of Colorado adopted the Fee on disposable Bags to reduce environmental impacts caused by disposable bags. A mandatory fee on disposable bags has been shown to significantly reduce the number of disposable bags used.
How much is the fee? The fee is ten cents ($0.10) per disposable bag (plastic, paper, or other material including but not limited to compostable material) provided at the checkout.
Where will the paper bag fee go? Monies from the disposable bag fee will be split 40/60 between the retailer and the Town of South Fork. The Town is required to use the fees for the administration and enforcement costs incurred resulting from this new law or to support further efforts for recycling, composting, or other waste diversion programs and related outreach and educational activities.
Do I have to pay sales tax on the bag fee? No, customers should not be charged sales tax on the 10-cent bag fees, for retailers that are required to collect and remit the fee to the Town.
What disposable bags are not included in the Disposable Bag Ordinance?
- bags to store loose or bulk items, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, or greeting cards; nails, bolts, screws, or other small hardware items; live insects, fish, crustaceans, mollusks, or other small species; and bulk seed, bulk livestock feed, or bulk pet feed;
- contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, seafood, fish, flowers, potted plants, or other items that, if they were to come in contact with other items, could dampen or contaminate the other items; or
- contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods.
- bags used to protect a purchased item from damaging or contaminating other items when placed in a reusable bag;
- bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription drugs; or
- newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags for uses such as food storage, garbage, pet waste, or yard waste.
What if I’m a retailer that would like to be a part of this but are not required to? If your business is not a major retailer or covered under the ban and bag fee you may not collect the 10-cent fee from customers for remittance to the Town. If you would like to have a similar impact, the Town recommends that the retailer just stop providing disposable bags to customers.