Whatever happened to the plastic bag fees that the big stores, like Walmart and others, intended to charge customers back in the summer?

Well, they're coming. Colorado's law to ban plastic bags as well as polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) food containers will officially go into effect on January 1, 2023

The upcoming bill signed in by Governor Polis will allow retail stores to charge consumers a 10-cent fee for the use of those bags beginning January 2023. The charge will be exempt for those on the food stamps program or small businesses with three or fewer locations.

Medical facilities will also be exempt.

Coming in January of 2024, styrofoam, used by restaurants as take-out containers, will be the next to be banned. All retailers will have all of 2023 to get rid of their inventory.

Colorado is the first state to take action on plastic pollution.

Many Coloradans are excepting of the new law but would like a few suggestions.

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Cloth shopping bags

Girl is holding blank cotton eco bag, design mockup.

Girl is holding blank cotton eco bag, design mockup.

Reusable Gift bags

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Group of friends sitting outdoors with shopping bags - Several people holding smartphones and tablets - Concepts about lifestyle,shopping,technology and friendship

Net or mesh sports bag

Soccer ball in mess bag

ball in mess bag

Compostable Environment-Friendly Bags

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Compost Bags - Photocall

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Rolling suitcase

Laundry Baskets

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Finally, if you store all those plastic bags under the sink or in a box. Feel free to reuse those as many times as you can before they fall apart.

Let's all do our part, Colorado.

Colorado Locations Where You Can Recycle Your Old Child Car Seat

These are 19 locations across Colorado where you can recycle your child's old car seat. They are listed in alphabetical order.

10 Poorest Towns in Colorado

There's nothing like living among Colorado's gorgeous landscapes; beautiful mountains, rivers, and deserts pepper the state. We all know, however, that the state's economy varies from town to town.

As a whole, 12% of Colorado's population lives at or below the poverty line. Compare that to the national average, 14.8% (2014) and we don't look too bad, but we're not looking too good either.

Just for the record, Grand Junction ranks #200 at 11.43% at or below the poverty level.

Here are 10 of Colorado's poorest towns:


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