Colorado Producer Responsibility

Producer Responsibility for Recycling Packaging and Paper (HB22-1355) passed in 2022 in Colorado. It will provide convenient recycling access to all Coloradans with no added cost to consumers or local governments.

Visit the Producer Responsibility Website for resources specifically designed to help local governments understand how the law benefits them and their residents and how to prepare for increased access to recycling. 

Producer Responsibility Website

Colorado's Producer Responsibility Program LAUNCHES

The Joint Budget Committee approved the scenario recommended by the team at the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment. The modified middle scenario was chosen and now the work begins to transform the scenario into a program plan. Over the next 9 months, the Producer Responsibility Organization (Circular Action Alliance) will consult with the Advisory Board and CDPHE to develop a plan. Many opportunities for Recycle Colorado members and stakeholders will be available to contribute to the development of the plan. Watch for announcements in upcoming newsletters.

Congratulations to everyone who made this possible!

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Colorado Needs Assessment

Proposed changes to the solid waste regulations concerning the producer responsibility program 

The updated draft regulations are available on the solid waste proposed rulemaking and stakeholder processes webpage. In addition to providing comments at the upcoming meeting, stakeholders may submit comments on the proposed changes to [email protected] with the subject line “EPR Rulemaking #2 Second Draft Feedback”. Please also indicate which Concept you are providing feedback on.

A formal rulemaking hearing will take place on May 21, 2024. Please visit the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission webpage for additional information.

Producer Responsibility Program Updates from CDPHE

The FAQ Producer Responsibility Page 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." 

For questions about the program or advisory board, please email ([email protected]) or call (720-263-1219) Darla Arians.

Sign up to Attend Advisory Board Meetings

January 26th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
February 8th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
March 7th, 10:30am - 12:00pm
March 8th 12:30pm - 3:00pm
April 10th 12:30pm - 2:00pm
May 10th 12:30pm - 2:00pm
June 14th 12:30pm - 2:00pm
July 12th 12:30pm - 2:30pm
August 9th 12:30pm-2:30pm
September 6th, 12:30pm-2:30pm
October 11th, 9:30am-4:00pm 
October 25th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
November 8th, 12:30pm-2:30pm
December 13th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
January 10th, 12:30pm-2:30pm
January 24th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
February 14th, 12:30pm-2:30pm
March 13th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
April 10th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
May 8th, 12:30pm-3:30pm
May 21st, 9:00am

CDPHE Updates & Resources

The advisory board want your help reaching all entities that:
1) may be impacted by the Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling Act
2) may be interested in participating in formal and informal rulemaking processes. 
Please forward this message to any organizations and individuals you believe may benefit from learning about the program. Key resources to share include our Producer Responsibility Advisory Board webpage, our producer responsibility listserv signup, and the Producer Responsibility Organization’s website.

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