NWRA Rocky Mountain Chapter Comments on Colorado EPR Legislation

Arlington, Virginia – The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) submitted letters on April 27 to the Colorado House and Senate opposing Bill 1355 on extended producer responsibility (EPR).

During the debate on the top floor on April 27, Rep. Andy Pico of Colorado Springs read the letter aloud, showing his support for the NWRA’s position. The Association also received responses from the offices of Senator Jessie Danielson and Representative Tonya Van Beber.

The NWRA recognizes and applauds Colorado in particular for its longstanding role as a leader in sustainability solutions. The NWRA and its members are also committed to supporting the development of safe, economically sustainable, and environmentally sound recycling programs to benefit communities across the state. However, a statewide EPR program for all packaging materials and paper products has the potential to disrupt existing state and municipal recycling programs and could have long-lasting effects on innovation and innovation. ‘investment. They could even do more harm than good if not adopted in a thoughtful way that takes into account system-wide effects and end-market considerations. NWRA Policy Position on EPR sets out the position of the Association.

House Bill 1355 disadvantages Colorado businesses against outside competition, punishes consumers and businesses, allows material recycling speculation, and does not solve the problem. The NWRA joins other Colorado business groups opposed to this bill.

A number of studies have been conducted on EPR and the negative effects it may have on consumers. In 2021, a proposal for an EPR in New York was independently analyzed by York University. Using New York and Canadian data, the study estimated that a typical “basket of goods” would see costs increase by 4-6% if the bill were passed. The most similar program that exists is the Quebec model. This program costs more than $233 million per year and only reimburses existing municipal recyclers. House Bill 1355 could cost a lot more and there is no railing.

In 2021, the NWRA hired eunomics to conduct a study of current European EPR policy and concluded that there is no evidence that EPR, as currently designed and implemented, has led to the use of more than recycled content. Additionally, no evidence could be found linking EPR to increasing the final market value of packaging waste, while increasing costs to consumers and businesses.

House Bill 1355 is scheduled for its third calendar reading on May 2. The bill could be sent to the Senate today. The Rockies Chapter will continue to monitor this bill through the legislative process.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste management and recycling services industry. Association members operate in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and various other service providers. For more information about the NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

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