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State Resources

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the main environmental enforcement agency in the state. Colorado closely follows federal environmental regulations.

In Colorado, waste aerosol cans can be managed as universal waste.

Compliance Considerations

The following links provide Colorado specific guidance and fact sheets for environmental compliance within the state.

Air – CDPHE Air Pollution Control Division

Automotive – Automotive Recyclers Association CO specific fact sheets on auto related environmental topics

Electronic and Computer Waste – CDPHE information about electronic waste

Environmental Self-audit Reporting – Environmental self-reporting to increase compliance without penalties

Hazardous Materials and Waste Div – CDPHE Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division

Hazardous Waste Compliance Aids​ - CDPHE tools to help generators comply

Hazardous Waste Guidance ​- CDPHE specific guidance for generators

Restaurants & Food Service - Colorado Guide to Environmental Regulations for restaurants, food service, and grocery markets.

Sma​ll Business Assistance Program ​– CDPHE small business assistance with environmental regulations

Storage Tanks for Petroleum​ - CDPHE page with forms and guidance documents 

Universal Waste Rule​ – Colorado Hazardous Waste-Universal Waste​ rule.

Universal Waste-Aerosol Cans ​- CDPHE guidance on aerosol cans

Water – CDPHE water quality page

Sustainability and Reducing Compliance Risk

Environmental Leadership Program – Recognition of entities that go above and beyond in regards to environmental practices

The state resources provide retail-relevant state regulatory information and resources. The State Matrices page has more detailed information on variations in key state regulations such as hazardous waste, consumer bag legislation, e-waste and more.