In 2012, City Council adopted a Disposable Bag Fee Ordinance that requires all grocery stores in Boulder to charge a 10-cent fee for every single-use bag used at checkout. City Council has since updated and expanded the ordinance to comply with Colorado’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (PPRA).
Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, all large stores must begin collecting a 10-cent fee for each single-use bag used at checkout.
- All food stores, regardless of size, must continue collecting the bag fee in 2023.
Businesses that meet the criteria of a “small store" are exempt from charging the fee until 2024.
Restaurants and other food establishments are not considered stores. They are exempt from the bag fee.
All stores in Boulder will be required to charge the fee in 2024.