Producer Responsibility program

On June 3rd, 2022, the Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling Act, House Bill 22-1355 was signed into law. 

HB 22-1355 sets up a Producer Responsibility program that requires companies that sell products in packaging, paper products to fund a statewide recycling system to recycle those materials. These companies will form an independent non-profit organization, called a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO), to coordinate, fund, and manage this statewide recycling system.

Producer Responsibility Organization

The State of Colorado appointed Circular Action Alliance as the designated Producer Responsibility Organization in May 2023. The department approved Circular Action Alliance's selection of HDR Engineering, Inc. to complete Colorado's Needs Assessment on July 31, 2023. Circular Action Alliance and HDR Engineering will be engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to understand current service provisions and to access data. There will be two webinars to discuss the needs of the project:

September 12th, 2023, at 12 p.m. MDT.
September 14th, 2023, at 12 p.m. MDT.

Please register to receive more information on the webinars and how to participate.

Circular Action Alliance website

Approval Process Memorandum

Producer Responsibility Organization designation press release

Request for Proposals for Colorado Needs Assessment

CDPHE Approval of HDR Engineering

Extended Producer Responsibility rulemaking

We held the first Extended Producer Responsibility rulemaking hearing with the Solid & Hazardous Waste Commission on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, and the rulemaking stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Seventy-seven participants registered, and we received feedback from six stakeholders. After consideration by the Commission, the proposed rules were promulgated and went into effect on July 1, 2023. Two future rulemaking processes will occur in 2024 for primary producer regulations and in 2025 for eco-modulation rules.

Extended Producer Responsibility rulemaking on the Solid Waste proposed rulemakings and stakeholder processes page

Advisory Board

Producer Responsibility Advisory Board 


For updates on this program, please sign up by sending an email to email darla.arians@state.co.us, subject line "producer responsibility contact list."


Darla Arians
Producer Responsibility Lead