Plastic-Bag Ban to Take Effect in Hawaii

State first with comprehensive rule


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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