May 11 - Hawaii is First in Nation to Ban Bags Statewide

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You can expect to see fewer plastic bags littering the beaches, waters, and streets of Hawaii in the next few years.

Yesterday, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed Bill 10 into law, banning plastic bags on the last remaining island of Hawaii without an adopted ban.

Once this ordinance becomes effective, the entire state will be free of plastic bags. Impressively, this was accomplished completely under local ordinances.

The ordinance goes into effect on the island of Oahu in July of 2015. Plastic bags have been banned from Maui and Kauai since 2011, while the Big Island's ban is scheduled to be effective starting next year.

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