Plastic-Bag Ban to Take Effect in Hawaii

State first with comprehensive rule

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Plastic bag     Photo: londonista_londonist/Flickr

Hawaii is preparing to become the country's first state to ban plastic bags at retail stores. Honolulu County passed an ordinance last week that will outlaw both non-biodegradable plastic bags and paper bags that are less than 40 percent recycled beginning in July 2015. Kauai and Maui already have bans in effect, and a ban in Hawaii County will begin in January 2013.

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