Disposable Bag Fee

Did you know that the average person uses over 300 plastic bags each year? Because plastic bags are produced from non-renewable resources, they are very difficult to recycle. So, while most thin plastic bags are typically used for minutes, they will be around for more than 500 years and even longer in landfills.

Plastic bags that end up mixed with other recyclables are also a major contaminant at recycling facilities. Instead of putting those plastic bags into your garbage, bring them to an approved retailer that can recycle them, like King Soopers or Walmart.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2023, a single-use bag fee of $0.10 per bag will be imposed by a new Colorado law, HB21-1162: Management Of Plastic Products. You can avoid the fee by bringing your own reusable bags to your favorite Broomfields stores when you shop! The Broomfield Sustainability Team will be providing free reusable bags in January; make sure to get yours.

Colorado Law: Management of Plastic Products

  • Jan. 1, 2023: a new Colorado law will require businesses with more than three locations to collect a 10-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. 
  • Jan. 1, 2024: Colorado law will ban single-use plastic bags at most stores and expanded polystyrene foam takeout containers (more commonly known as Styrofoam™) at restaurants.

Contact Us

For more information about the plastic bag ban, please email Sustainability at Sustainability@Broomfield.org.

For concerns or complaints of non-compliance, please email Fincollections@Broomfield.org.