Public Safety and Welfare Committee hearing
Thursday 24th October, 2019 at 2:30pm, Honolulu Hale
Please help protect marine life and human health by supporting Honolulu City Council Bill 40 (2019) with amendments. This bill will ban plastic checkout bags for take-out food, disposable plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils on O`ahu. However, it does not ban polystyrene foam food and drink containers as it is currently written.
The bill will be heard by the Public Safety and Welfare Committee on Thursday 24th October, 2019 at 2:30pm. Please ask for the bill to be amended to ban polystyrene foam containers. Please come to the meeting and testify and send in written testimony.
Also please call or email your council member before the meeting and let them know that you live in their district and support a ban on all plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, stirrers, utensils and polystyrene foam food containers.
To do online testimony click this link: Online testimony submission form.
Testimony is do by Wed. 23rd October 2:30pm (24 hrs ahead of the meeting).
Instructions for filling in online testimony form to support Bill 40:
Meeting date - 24th October, 2019
Council/PH committee - select "Public Safety and Welfare Committee"
Agenda item - "Bill 40"
Position: select "Support"
Representing - select "Self" (unless you are a business owner or director of an organization, in which case put your organization name and not B.E.A.C.H.)
Include in written testimony:
- where you live (ie. Kailua, Kaka`ako etc.)
- let the Council know why you support the bill.
- the most important point to make is that plastic bags for take-out foods, plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils need to be banned and please amend the bill to ban polystyrene foam food containers on O`ahu.
Thank you for taking action! Please ask all your friends and family to help too - make phone calls, write letters to the editor, send in testimony, and most importantly, COME TO THE HEARING. It's really important to have as many people as possible come to the hearing and tell the Committee in person that you support banning polystyrene foam food containers, plastic bags for take-out foods, plastic straws, stirrers, and utensils .
If you live on Kaua`i, Maui or Hawai`i islands or elsewhere there is a plastic bag ban and polystyrene foam container ban, please send testimony letting the Committee know how well the ban is working there and the positive effect it has had on the environment.
If you are a business owner, please do testimony on your letterhead and submit as an attachment. Thank you for helping.
Information about Bill 40
(Honolulu City Council website with bill, agenda, and all testimony)
(Committee meeting, Thursday 24th October, 2019, Bill 40 is on page ...)
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|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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