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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, 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 website

Approval Process Memorandum

Producer Responsibility Organization designation press release


We received a notice of intent to file an Individual Program Plan (IPP) from RPM Eco in January 2024. We accepted RPM Eco’s notice of intent on February 9, 2024. RPM Eco’s IPP is due to the department and the advisory board by January 1, 2025.

Acceptance of notice of intent to file IPP

Needs Assessment

We are collecting public feedback on the statewide recycling needs assessment study as part of the new Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling. 

Circular Action Alliance was responsible for the needs assessment study to evaluate the recycling infrastructure, services, and costs throughout all geographic areas of the state. The report also proposes a standardized list of materials to be accepted at all recycling facilities throughout the state. It also proposes three scenarios for increasing the collection and recycling rates in Colorado by 2030 and 2035.

This needs assessment is part of the program’s goal to develop a convenient, cost-effective program that provides free and equitable recycling of packaging and paper products for all Coloradans. 

We welcome feedback on the draft needs assessment report through Feb. 19. Please submit your feedback by emailing: 
eprcomments@state.co.us with the subjection line "Needs Assessment Feedback."

Request for Proposals for Colorado Needs Assessment

CDPHE Approval of HDR Engineering

Extended Producer Responsibility rulemaking

Proposed producer responsibility primary regulations

The Solid Waste and Materials Management Program is proposing changes to Sections 1 and 18 of the Regulations Pertaining to Solid Waste Sites and Facilities, 6 CCR 1007-2 Part 1. Please visit the rulemaking page to view the draft proposed rules

Stakeholders may submit comments on the proposed changes to eprcomments@state.co.us (opens in new window) with the subject line EPR Rulemaking Second Draft Feedback.

A formal rulemaking hearing will take place on May 21, 2024. Please visit the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission webpage for additional information.

For questions about the proposed changes, please contact Darla Arians at darla.arians@state.co.us (opens in new window) or 720.693.3542.

Adopted rulemakings

Rule Amendment Producer Responsibility Exemption: Dollar Limitation

Rulemaking web page

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

Advisory Board

Producer Responsibility Advisory Board 

Resources

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Contact

Please send your questions or comments to eprcomments@state.co.us.