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Improperly discarded plastic bags do more than litter our communities; they can cause extensive damage to our ocean resources which in turn impacts our largest industry...tourism. Last month, the Honolulu City Council approved Bill 10 banning distribution of nonbiodegradable plastic and nonrecyclable paper bags at checkout effective July 1, 2015. The bill defines a plastic bag as “a bag that is made from nonbiodegradable plastic, and is not specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use.” The ban would be specific to point-of-sale distribution of bags and allows for plastic bags to be distributed elsewhere, for example, bags used to package loose fruit, vegetables and nuts, or to contain or wrap specialty items such as frozen foods, flowers or live fish. A business caught violating the measure would be fined between $100 and $1,000 for each day of violation.
Honolulu would be the last of Hawaii’s counties to establish an islandwide ban on plastic bags. Bill 10 was signed by Mayor Peter Carlisle on May 10th.
Councilmember, District VI