Colorado House advances bill to ban plastic bags, take-out foam

Coloradans hoping to keep plastic pollution away from wildlife and wild places may soon have reason to cheer.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

Coloradans hoping to keep plastic pollution away from wildlife and wild places may soon have reason to cheer.

On May 5, the Colorado House passed a plastic pollution reduction bill that would phase out the use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam in food and retail establishments. Environment Colorado helped garner support for the bill, contributing to the more than 21,000 petition signatures submitted in its support and hosting a Plastic Pollution Youth Lobby Day months before the vote.

“Protecting our climate, health, water and air are all good reasons to phase out unnecessary and harmful plastics,” said Hannah Collazo, state director of Environment Colorado. “Coloradans value our beautiful wild places, and using something for five minutes when it will pollute our planet for hundreds of years is antithetical to stewardship and conservation.”

The state Senate considers the plastic reduction bill next. 

Read more about the bill.

Learn more about our Wildlife Over Waste campaign. 

ACT NOW

Moving beyond plastic foam is something we can do right now, right here. If we win, we’ll see a difference in cleaner beaches and parks, and we’ll know it’s making a difference to the wildlife in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

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Let’s choose wildlife over waste. Tell our governor and lawmakers to ban plastic foam take-out cups and containers.

Photo: Environment Colorado supporters rallying to put wildlife over waste in 2019. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.