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Disposable Bag Fee Temporarily Suspended

The 10-cent fee on disposable bags at all food stores, adopted in 2012, will not be in effect for the next 30 days.

City Manager Jane Brautigam has issued an order to temporarily suspend the City of Boulder’s Disposable Bag Fee in alignment with guidance from Governor Jared Polis. 

The suspension has been issued in support of public health. Reusable bags can potentially carry novel coronavirus on their surface. Single-use bags may help prevent transmission between customers and employees.

Grocery stores are critical to the functioning of our community. During the current pandemic, the health of employees and customers is a top priority. The city decided to pause collection of the fee to support those who choose to use disposable bags during this time.

For customers who choose to shop with reusable bags, the city encourages washing them before and after shopping in hot, soapy water to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

For more information on the disposable bag fee, visit



Published: March 26, 2020


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