Remember to bring your own bag when you shop! Starting July 1, 2021, Denver’s Bring Your Own Bag program will require all retail stores in the city to charge 10 cents for each disposable carryout bag provided at checkout. The mandatory fee will apply to paper, plastic, and even compostable bags to encourage shoppers to switch to reusable bags and help reduce the number of disposable bags that are used, littered, and landfilled.
You can visit www.DenverGov.org/BringYourOwnBag for more information, including a list of bag giveaway sites and events. Together we can reduce waste, prevent litter, and protect our rivers and streams.
5/5/2021 – The Denver City Council adopted the Fee on Disposable Bags to reduce environmental impacts and cost to the city caused by disposable bags. A mandatory fee on disposable bags has been shown to significantly reduce the number of disposable bags used.
To help reduce the number of disposable carryout bags used, littered, and landfilled, the Fee on Disposable Bags goes into effect on July 1, and requires retail stores in Denver to charge $0.10 for each disposable bag – plastic, paper, or other material including but not limited to compostable material, provided to customers at checkout. The goal of this is to reduce the impacts and costs of disposable bags in the community and encourage the use of reusable bags.