Honolulu County disposable plastic ban: Bill 40 CD1 (CM Waters)

Next hearing is Thursday 14th November, 2019 at 2:30pm

Bill 40 is going back to the Committee on Public Safety and Welfare for amendments. Please help protect marine life and human health by supporting Honolulu City Council Bill 40 CD1 (CM Waters) by sending in testimony. Testimony will open Fri. 8th Nov. and is due by Wed. 13th Nov. 2:30pm (24hrs ahead of the hearing). This bill will ban plastic checkout bags for take-out food and farmers' markets, plastic straws, stirrers, cups and utensils as well as ban polystyrene foam food and drink containers.

There has been a lot of false information spread about what this bill will do. The truth is that this bill targets disposable plastic items used in the consumption of take-out food and drinks, plastic straws and stirrers used in restaurants and take-out as well as polystyrene foam containers. It does not ban pre-packaged goods or those in bottles or bags. Here's a list of what it will ban:

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
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)
Disposable plastic drinking cup lids for take out beverages (made of petrochemical plastic)

We also hope that the bill is amended to also ban:

Disposable plastic utensils (made of petrochemical plastic)
Disposable plastic cups (made of petrochemical plastic)

In order to ban cups and utensils, the definition of "disposable" needs to be amended to:

“Disposable means designed to be discarded after a single or limited number of uses and not specifically designed and manufactured for long term multiple re-use”

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, cups, utensils and polystyrene foam food containers.


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

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

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

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
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

To do online testimony click this link:  
Online testimony submission form.
Testimony is due by Wed. 13th Nov. 2:30pm (24 hrs ahead of the meeting).

Instructions for filling in online testimony form to support Bill 40 CD1 (CM Waters):

Meeting date - 11-14-19
Council/PH committee - select "Public Safety and Welfare"
Agenda item - "Bill 40 CD1 (Council Member Waters)"
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 committee know why you support the bill
- amendments (please see below in sample testimony

Sample testimony:
Dear Chair Waters and Committee Members,
My name is________, I live in ________I support Bill 40 CD1 (CM Waters) because ____________
Please amend the definition of disposable to:
“Disposable means designed to be discarded after a single or limited number of uses and not specifically designed and manufactured for long term multiple re-use”
Thank you for this opportunity to testify in support of Bill 40 CD1 (CM Waters).

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, cups, 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.

- do you have to be 18 or a voter to testify? NO - we've had K-12 students do testimony
- do you have to live on Oahu to testify?  NO - people who live anywhere in the world can go online and fill out the form and help get this bill amended and passed
- do you have to come to the meeting?  NO but it would be great if you did come
- can you testify as a business?  YES please select "organization" instead of "self" (the council very much likes to hear from businesses especially those involved in food service) 
- does it make a difference if I testify?  YES every piece of testimony counts!  

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

Meeting agenda

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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