The Honolulu City Council continues to move forward with its island-wide plastic bag ordinance. Oahu is the last major Hawaiian island to do so.
The Council initially approved a ban last February. It was then referred to a Public Works Committee.
According to media reports, Council members are amending the current proposal--banning noncompostable plastic bags on Oahu--to an initial 3 cent charge per bag (climbing to 5 cents the following year) before phasing to a full-out ban. The revenue would be placed into a city fund and used for ordinance implementation.
Council Chair Ernie Martin reportedly explained that the change is part of his desire to "craft a bill that has a reasonable chance of being adopted." The Hawaii Food Industry Association supports the amendment.
Read more on our February blog.
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