An Ecological Calendar, Part 2 – Estes Park Trail-Gazette
After review by the Advisory Board on Recycling Practices (ABRP), the non-profit organization (NPO) in charge of producer responsibility must submit the needs assessment to the executive director (EXEC) of the Directorate of Public Health and the Environment (DPHE) by April 1, 2024.
January 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 Covered retail establishments may not dispense plastic bags purchased after this date. … Food establishments in Colorado are prohibited from using Styrofoam (often incorrectly referred to as “Styrofoam”) containers for ready-to-eat foods. However, they can continue to use stock purchased before the effective date.
Before April 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 Retailers must begin submitting collected bag fees (split 60/40) to the municipality or county enforcing the law (for us, Estes Park or Larimer County). The same entity also collects penalties for non-compliance ($500 2nd violation, $1,000 thereafter). These funds should be used to enforce, publicize and encourage diversion from disposal.
June 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 All single-use take-out bags must be made of recycled paper and are subject to the 10 cent bag fee. No disposable take-out bags may be sold or given away (by Covered Entities) regardless of the date of purchase.
July 1, 2024 CO HB21-1162 The Plastic Products Stewardship Act repeals the former ‘Prohibition of Prohibitions’ Act which prohibits local governments from restricting the use of plastics. Colorado communities (including Estes Park and Larimer County) can then enact such restrictions, as long as they are as strict or stricter than state law.
From January 1, 2025 CO HB21-1355 Individual producers can submit an individual plan each year to the ABRP, then to the EXEC. This replaces the PRPR for this random co-op.
Before February 1, 2025 CO HB21-1355 The NPO must submit the Recycling Plan Proposal (RPP) to the EXEC for approval or rejection. The RPP should explain details of sufficient funding to cover all program expenses; must provide an objective formula for full reimbursement of service providers and a list of minimum recyclable materials required for reimbursement; must set convenience standards and target recycling rates for 2030 and 2035; as well as a timeline to effectively expand recycling to non-residential entities (businesses, governments, hospitality venues, government buildings and public places) no later than 2028.
Additionally, this program is self-funding by requiring producers (manufacturers and users) of covered products to join a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) with annual dues collected into a company-wide recycling administration fund. the State (SRAF). The penalties will complement the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund.
July 1, 2025 CO HB21-1355 A non-participating producer may not sell or distribute any covered material within the state boundaries.
From June 30 2026 CO HB21-1355 EXEC must inform the NPO annually of the costs of the department to be covered by the SRAF.
January 1, 2029 A final plan will be approved by the EXEC.
Sep 30, 2030 CO HB22-1159 The Circular Economy Center must be closed, pending the completion of its mission.
There are other bills with green effects passed in the recent session and some of them will most likely be included in the bill-signing tour Governor Polis is currently leading. But these three alone (five if we count Fort Collins and the Infrastructure Act) give us an idea of the immense interest in protecting our environment. I suspect this is a by-product of the clear skies at the start of the COVID-19 sequestration. Estes Park is currently beginning its review of the strategic plan. Here’s an opportunity to join the rest of the state in finding solutions to reduce birds, wildlife migration, fires and floods, and other greenhouse gas calamities plaguing our world today. Together we can do something about it. shall we?
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