On June 3, 2022, Governor Jared Polis signed two bills into law concerning food packaging within the state of Colorado.
House Bill 22-1345 bans PFAS in eight product categories including food packaging by January 1, 2024. The bill also obligates the state to purchase only PFAS-free products. Colorado is the ninth US state to ban PFAS in food packaging (FPF reported).
House Bill 22-1355 establishes an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging and some printed paper products. All companies that sell such materials must design an individual plan or join a producer responsibility organization to support, fund, and manage a statewide recycling system.
According to the bill, by June 2023 the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment must designate a nonprofit organization to create and manage a statewide recycling program. The nonprofit would then hire a third party to run a needs assessment on recycling services within Colorado. An advisory board would use the results of the needs assessment to propose a residential recycling system, provide a list of covered materials, and establish a funding mechanism with the packaging manufacturers. Colorado is the third US state to create an EPR
Food Packaging Forum, 15-06-22