|FINAL HEARING - Wednesday 4th December, 2019 at 10AM|
Bill 40 CD1 passed the Committee on Public Safety and Welfare hearing on Thursday 14th November and now moves to the final hearing by the Full Council on Wednesday 4th December, 2019 at 10AM. Please help protect marine life and human health by supporting Honolulu City Council Bill 40 CD1 FD1 (CM Waters) by sending in testimony. Online testimony is OPEN NOW and is due by Tues. 3rd Dec. at 10am (24hrs ahead of the hearing).
In this new floor draft (FD1) of the bill, the definition of "disposable" has been amended as has the loophole in the bag section. All the amendments that B.E.A.C.H. has asked in this approx. 4 month process have taken place. We are so very happy with this bill. This version will ban 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:
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, bowls, plates, utensils and polystyrene foam food containers.
To do online testimony click this link: Online testimony submission form.
Testimony is due by Tues. 3rd Dec. 10am (24 hrs ahead of the meeting).
Instructions for filling in online testimony form to support Bill 40 CD1 FD1 (CM Waters):
Meeting date - 12-04-19
Council/PH committee - select "Council"
Agenda item - "Bill 40 CD1 FD1 (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. - be specific, don't just put "Honolulu")
- let the Council know why you support the bill
Dear Chair Anderson and Council Members,
My name is________, I live in ________I strongly support Bill 40 CD1 FD1 (CM Waters) because ____________
Thank you for this opportunity to testify in strong support of Bill 40 CD1 FD1 (CM Waters).
Very important!!! - make sure you specify that you support CM Waters FD1 version as there is another version that we do not support that doesn't have the amendments we need to get utensils etc. banned.
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 Council 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 Council know how well the ban is working there and the positive effect it has had on the environment.
If you are a business owner, you can do testimony on 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)
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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