January 1 in Colorado, plastic bags are gone.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Starting January 1 you will see some new changes at the grocery store under Colorado law no plastic bags will be available at all at the checkout line.

“The option is really not guaranteed right now unless you pay for them so it sucks when you don’t wanna pay that extra $.10 or whatever so I guess they’re trying to save the whales finally,” Colorado Springs resident Antwon Yates said.

But starting in 2024 you won’t be able to pay 10 cents for a plastic bag anymore. Colorado is banning stores and restaurants from using single-use plastic bags. Instead, stores will only be able to offer recycled *paper bags.. For a dime.

This bag fee does not apply to Coloradans on either federal or state food assistance programs.

“In this economy, we didn’t think that we would want to spend that extra cash on plastic bags,” Colorado Springs resident Carlie Emery said. “It’s more of a frustration so it is what it is.”

11 News reached out to King Soopers to see what their plan is going forward, a spokesperson said quote:

“We are still working to finalize our plans and don’t have any details to share at this time.”

Grocery stores and restaurants who are not following this new law could see a $500 penalty for their first two offenses and $1000 for any offenses that follow. Those 11 News spoke with today say they are going to have to start remembering to grab their bags as they head out the door.


“Another thing on the checklist of things to get ready for,” Emery said.

“Half the battle is remembering reminding yourself that you need bags but I remember it until you’re in the parking lot,” Yates said.

Comments (11)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Will - it seems each January we see the arrival of new laws and other things where adaptation as well as adjustment to our daily lives are tested.

Dec 02, 2023 08:39 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Will,  I feel doing away with the plastic single use bags a good move.  I would not want to be in the law makes shoes in trying to enforce though.  lol  m

Dec 02, 2023 09:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an interesting change. I wonder if other states will do the same.

Dec 02, 2023 09:36 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Strange thing is that many of the food items on the shelves are still in plastic packaging, would they ban this? I think not, plastics are still useful & efficient.

Dec 02, 2023 11:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- so many laws and so few enforced!!!

Dec 02, 2023 12:31 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have had that law for a few years now and it has made an impact in the landscape. Reuseable bags are often walking into the stores in the carriages.

Dec 02, 2023 06:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Will Hamm  I believe Santa Monica got rid of these 15 years or so ago... good move on your state's part, but don't get me started about these laws.... see if your politicians who past it are using plastic bags and I will just leave it at that:)Endre

Dec 02, 2023 10:08 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Several years ago they tried that just in Dallas, not the entire state of Texas.  It didn't work out very well and the city counsel did away with that city ordinance.

Dec 03, 2023 03:50 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have seen that happening in my area as well.  I don't do much shopping, so one bag is usually enough for me, haha.

Dec 03, 2023 04:04 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That hasn't happened here yet - remember to bring reusable bags to the store!

Dec 03, 2023 05:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This would bother me, Will. I reuse my plastic bags. And those that I don't use go to the plastic recycle bin.

Dec 03, 2023 07:55 AM