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Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (PPRA)

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

A new year brings changes and one is the new bag fee and the need for a change in habit - bringing reusable bags to stores! In 2021, Colorado passed the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (PPRA) and it took affect Jan. 1, 2023.

Click HERE to read the law that went into affect Jan. 1, 2023. Now you can be prepared for the second phase of the law to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2024, when no plastic bags will be available and to-go containers will no longer be available in styrofoam.

We’re hoping to help our community with a few tips for changing or adapting to this shift in our lives.

1.“I can’t seem to remember my bags when I go to the store!”

It definitely takes time to settle in to new habits. Try not to be frustrated if you forget. Forgive yourself and make a note to remember next time. Try unloading groceries and immediately take the bags back to your car. This is the best way to remain prepared for your run to the store. If you are able to acquire an easily foldable/stowable bag that fits inside a handbag or pocket, this helps when you picked up a few more things than you expected.

2. “What will I use when I take my dog for a walk?”

Kudos to you for picking up after your dog! Take a look at that nice, long bread bag you may throw away at the end of each loaf. It happens to make an excellent dog poo pick-up bag. Lots of other plastic packaging can work for you as well - be creative!

3.“What will I line my garbage cans with?”

Begin to observe just how many things come wrapped in plastic. You may be surprised by how much we purchase that comes wrapped in a plastic bag or lining that can be repurposed as a trash bag.

Have you found new ways to adapt to the change? Share them with us in the comment section below and we’ll work together to find solutions and share resources with our Pueblo Zoo patrons!

Need reusable bags? Check out the Zoo's gift shop for fun, animal-themed reusable bags!

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