Poll of Small-Business Owners Shows no Mood for Plastics Ban

Date: March 19, 2021

Colorado House Bill 21-1162 is a needless idea coming at the worst possible time

DENVER, March 19, 2021—Results from a poll of its membership taken this week and released today shows no support for a bill lifting the ban on local governments having their use-of-plastics rules.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest and leading small-business association, asked its Colorado members this week, “Do you support statewide bans on certain single-use plastics like straws, shopping bags, trays, food containers, utensils and other legal products in Colorado?” The results were:

No, 87.6%
Yes, 10.3%
Und. 1.9%

“House Bill 1162 wouldn’t institute a ban, but it would lift the prohibition on local governments from having their own bans on certain plastic products, and polystyrene, which is worse because we’d be left with a crazy-quilt of unmanageable rules and regulations to comply with,” said Tony Gagliardi, NFIB’s Colorado state director. “At a time when every, single aspect of running an enterprise needs to be unfettered if we’re ever to economically recover, a plastics ban is a needless idea coming at the worst possible moment.”

NFIB’s poll comes on the heels of one by Myers Research showing 59 percent of Coloradans opposing the banning of plastic products. “The arguments of the proponents were not enough to sway NFIB members. People and businesses are doing as much as possible regarding recycling and engaging in other environmentally conscious initiatives without the state butting in,” added Gagliardi.

Contact: Tony Gagliardi, Colorado State Director, [email protected],
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

Keep up with the latest Colorado small-business news at www.nfib.com/colorado or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_CO or on Facebook @NFIB.CO


For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.

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