In 2012, City Council directed the Environmental Health Department to develop a Pesticide Awareness Program. This program informs the Aspen community about the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act and alternatives to pesticides. We also hope this program will help increase awareness and knowledge in the safe application of pesticides. Our goal is to create a partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture that benefits both the citizens of Aspen and the business community.
The City of Aspen as a Liaison for the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act
Local governments (including the City of Aspen) cannot pass laws regulating commercial pesticide applicators. The City of Aspen cannot enforce the Pesticide Applicators’ Act or investigate any complaints. The City can however, be one of your resources on the topic of pesticide applications. We can supply information and help direct you to State officials responsible for the Act.
What is the Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act and how does it apply to you?
Pesticides can be beneficial in certain situations but can pose dangerous implications for surrounding plants, animals, humans and structures if not used properly. The Colorado Pesticide Applicators’ Act was designed primarily to regulate the safety of pesticide use. It gives authority to the Colorado Department of Agriculture to regulate commercial applicators, other licensed applicators and the individual homeowner. For example, the use of the weed killer Roundup is regulated by the Colorado Pesticide Applicators' Act. The Act applies to both the landscaper and the homeowner using the pesticide. The difference is that the commercial user is required to hold a state license to apply any pesticide while the homeowner needs only to follow the product's application instructions.