Plastic Bag Ban and Paper Bag Fee
In 2018, the Avon Town Council enacted a ban on disposable plastic bags being provided by retailers to customers at the point of sale. The goal of the program is to reduce plastic waste by eliminating unnecessary disposable plastic shopping bags. Avon retailers offering paper bags will change a $0.10 fee per paper bag.
To view the ordinance in its entirety, click HERE.
No Plastic Bags in Avon
Avon’s local ordinance is not impacted by recent changes to Colorado law
Recent changes to Colorado law do not impact Avon’s plastic bag ban and $0.10 paper bag fee. Businesses in Avon are subject to the Avon regulations instead of the new state law, and retailers in Avon are not permitted to provide plastic bags to customers at any point of sale.
The Town of Avon has had a plastic bag ban and $0.10 paper bag fee since May 1, 2018. Avon’s regulations were put in place through Ordinance 17-08 and are different than the recent updates to the State regulations. As a home rule municipality, Avon’s regulations supersede State law and the recent implementation of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.
As of January 1, 2023, Colorado state law requires retail stores statewide to charge $0.10 per paper or plastic bag provided to customers at checkout. This law was put in place through Colorado HB21-1162, the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.
Avon businesses will continue the current practice of not allowing the use of plastic bags, even with the recent state law changes. Avon businesses must charge a $0.10 paper bag fee. Stores containing at least 4,000 square feet of retail space must remit all of the fees to the Town for recycling, composting and other waste diversion programs, including outreach and education activities. Avon retailers operating in less than 4,000 square feet of retail space may retain one hundred percent (100%) of the fees.
For more information or questions, please visit avon.org/bags or email our Sustainability Coordinator Charlotte Lin firstname.lastname@example.org.