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Posted on: May 21, 2018

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Aspen’s Bag Fee


Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Aspen’s Bag Fee

The City of Aspen is pleased to report that the Colorado Supreme Court has decided to uphold the city-wide bag fee in Aspen grocery stores. This decision is consistent with those of the lower courts, that the bag fee does not operate as a tax.

The 20-cent fee on single-use paper bags in the City of Aspen is both a deterrent to the use of wasteful single-use products and encouragement for citizens to use alternative multi-use options. Laura Armstrong, Climate and Sustainability Programs Associate, shared findings from a recent Single-Use Bag Study, “We have found, since the enactment of this fee in May of 2012, that there is an 87.5% community approval of the fee”. She went on to state that, “Aspen citizens are observed using single-use bags almost 60% less than comparable neighboring communities”.

The Environmental Health & Sustainability department of the City of Aspen has a wide offering of programs addressing single-use waste. Some of those programs include a reusable bag bank, distribution of multi-use alternatives (i.e. bamboo utensils and reusable water bottles), and an ongoing partnership with the tourism and lodging industries to cut down on single-use waste and offer alternatives.

More on the Colorado Supreme Court decision found here, and on City of Aspen programs here.

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