Lobby Day 2023 is February 7th!

The 73rd Colorado General Assembly begins January 9. Recycle Colorado’s Policy Committee is excited to announce that we will be returning to an in-person Lobby Day on February 7. If you are interested in attending, you can find more information and register on our website.

Help us prepare for Lobby Day by calling and/or emailing legislators' offices to set up meetings. If you are interested in helping, please email Randy, [email protected]

If you would like to sponsor lunch or breakfast please contact us!

Colorado Policy Information

Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (HB21-1162) creates a fee on single-use checkout bags, bans single-use plastic bags and styrofoam food containers, and lifts the local preemption on plastic bans allowing local jurisdictions to pass ordinances reducing single-use plastics. Find information about how to prepare for implementation of the law, best practices from Colorado municipalities that already have bag fees, and download free toolkits—complete with sample letters, newsletter copy, communications templates, social media posts, etc.— for community and business outreach at https://ecocycle.org/ppra.

Producer Responsibility for Recycling Packaging and Paper (HB22-1355) will provide free, convenient recycling access to all Coloradans with no added cost to consumers or local governments. Visit www.RecyclingForAllColoradans.org to find new resources specifically designed to help local governments understand how the law benefits them and their residents and how to prepare for free recycling. Recycle Colorado will be working with Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Municipal League to provide webinars on HB22-1355 in 2023. Please email [email protected] if you would like to be alerted to the date(s) of those trainings.

The FAQ Producer Responsibility Page is now available and can be found on CDPHE's Website linked below. Scroll down to find "Frequently asked questions and answers- Producer Responsibility Program" under the documents list. You can find the initial implementation timeline and additional information on CDPHE's website.

For updates from CDPHE on the implementation phase of the producer responsibility program, please sign up by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line "producer responsibility contact list." 

Circular Economy Development Center (HB22-1159) will provide support and technical assistance to businesses using recycled materials in manufacturing (including organic materials to create beneficial end products like compost). The state is still accepting applications for an entity to run this center, details on the center are still under development. 

Grants and Rebates

The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) program, established by the Colorado state legislature in 2007, provides funding that promotes economic development through the management of materials that would otherwise be landfilled. Funds are available to support recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, source reduction, and beneficial use/reuse.

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) program and enterprise fund was approved by the Colorado state legislature in 2019, and collects funds from an increase in user fees at Front Range landfill to provide grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction.

Policy Documents and Facts Sheets

Producer Responsibility Bill Documents

Summary of Bill Revisions, 5/10/2022
Summary of Bill Revisions, 5/5/2022
Summary of Bill Revisions After Second Reading
Explanation of Added Amendments to the Producer Responsibility Bill
, 4/13/2022
Summary of Bill Revisions, 2/21/2022 to 3/28/2022

March 28th Draft of Producer Responsibility Bill
Summary of Bill Revisions, 01/13/2022 to 2/21/2022
First Draft of Producer Responsibility Bill

Preliminary Bill Language for Producer Responsibility Bill (Submitted to Legislative Service Drafters)

Recycle Colorado's Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Policy Recommendations

Producer Responsibility Informational Documents

Producer Responsibility Fact Sheet
How Local Governments will benefit and be impacted by Producer Responsibility
How Businesses would benefit and be impacted by Producer Responsibility
How Producer Responsibility Will Work in Colorado
Producer Responsibility Key Talking Points

Articles on Producer Responsibility

Exert in the Denver Post
Article from the Colorado Sun
Producer Responsibility Support from the City of Aspen

Recycle Colorado Policy Documents

Recycle Colorado State and Local Policy Framework
Presentation on the Plastics Pollution Reduction Act
How Producer Responsibility Will Support Circular Economies

Historical Fact Sheets

Develop A Statewide Organics Management Plan
Incentivize Development of Recycling End Markets
Front Range Waste Diversion Act 
Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Recyclers 
Architectural Paint Stewardship Program 
Electronic Devices Banned from Landfills