Last week the Colorado State Legislature enacted some of the most comprehensive statewide legislation to tackle the plastic pollution crisis. The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act now awaits Gov. Jared Polis’ signature, who has indicated he will sign the measure, which would mark the first time an inland state has passed legislation to phase out single-use plastic products.
If passed, Colorado would become the 10th state legislature to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in certain stores, the eighth to ban Polystyrene food containers, and the first state in the country to reverse municipal preemption (a ban on bans at the city level).
We are thrilled to have worked collaboratively on the passage of this Act along with so many other organizations. This Act will be a huge step forward in protecting Colorado’s people, wildlife, waterways, and environment, and we hope other states will follow suit!