Honolulu County disposable plastic ban: Bill 40


History has been made! Bill 40 passed the final hearing of the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday 4th December, 2019 around 6pm. The council voted 7-2 to approve the bill. After the Mayor signs the bill, part of the new law will go into effect in 2021 and the rest in 2022.

B.E.A.C.H.'s amendment of changing single-use to disposable along with the definition was included in the bill along with all our other suggestions for amendments to make the bill stronger and include polystyrene foam as well as close more plastic bag loopholes. Bill 40 will ban disposable:

Plastic checkout bags (those with handles) for take-out food
Plastic checkout bags (those with handles) used for loose fruit, vegetables etc.
Plastic checkout bags (those with handles) for medications
Plastic checkout bags (those with handles) for hotel guests wet clothes
Plastic checkout bags (those with handles) for items to contain dampness
Polystyrene foam containers for food and drinks (such as clam shells, bowls, cups, plates)
Plastic straws (made of petrochemical plastic)
Plastic stirrers (made of petrochemical plastic)
Plastic drinking cup lids for take out beverages (made of petrochemical plastic)
Plastic grass (like in sushi)
Plastic cups (made of petrochemical plastic)
Plastic plates (made of petrochemical plastic)
Plastic bowls (made of petrochemical plastic)

Please thank the following council members with a card, letter or email (see addresses below) for voting yes on Bill 40: Council Chair Ikaika Anderson, CM Joey Manahan, CM Tommy Waters, CM Kymberly Pine, CM Brandon Elefante, CM Ron Menor. Voting yes with reservations was CM Heidi Tsuneyoshi.

Address for all council members (just put their name before the address):

Name (eg. Council Member Manahan)
Honolulu City Council
530 South King Street Room 202
Honolulu. Hawaii. 96813.

And please thank the Mayor for signing Bill 40 into law - send a card or letter to:

Mayor Kirk Caldwell,
530 South King Street, Room 300,
Honolulu. Hawaii. 96813


Ikaika Anderson
Ahuimanu, Heeia, Haiku, Kaneohe, Maunawili, Kailua, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, Waimanalo
Phone: 768 5003
Email: ianderson@honolulu.gov
Joey Manahan
Kalihi, Iwilei, Kalihi Kai, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island, Sand Island
Phone: 768 5007
Email: jmanahan@honolulu.gov

Ron Menor
Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Mililani Town, West Loch, Iroquois Point, portions of Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach
Phone: 768 5009
Email: rmenor@honolulu.gov
Brandon Elefante
Lower Aiea, Pearlridge, Waimalu, Newtown, Pearl City, Seaview, Crestview, Waipio Gentry, Waipahu
Phone: 768 5008
Email: belefante@honolulu.gov

Tommy Waters
Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Waialae-Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala, Wilhemina Rise, Kaimuki, portions of Kapahulu, Diamond Head, Black Point, Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park
Phone: 768 5004
Email: tommy.waters@honolulu.gov

Kymberly Marcos Pine
Portions of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Kea`au, Makua
Phone: 768 5001
Email: kmpine@honolulu.gov

Heidi Tsuneyoshi
Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waiahole, Kahaluu
Phone: 768 5002
Email: htsuneyoshi@honolulu.gov
Ann Kobayashi
Kaimuki, Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, and portions of Ala Moana, Kakaako, Makiki
Phone: 768 5005
Email: akobayashi@honolulu.gov

Carol Fukunaga
Portions of Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua, Halawa, Aiea, Kalihi Valley, and portions of Liliha and Kalihi
Phone: 768 5006
Email: cafukunaga@honolulu.gov

Information about Bill 40
(Honolulu City Council website with bill, agenda, and all testimony)

Watch live on Olelo channel 54 or livestream


Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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