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Community action needed! Bill 40 to phase out single-use to-go plastics last hearing!

November 12, 2019
By: Jennifer Milholen, KHF Waste Reduction Coordinator

Time to Submit Testimony Now for Bill 40's last committee hearing this Thursday!! If we get through this final Public Safety & Welfare hearing then Bill 40 only has one more reading before heading to the Mayor’s desk for signature! Use the information below to testify and show your support for phasing out harmful, single-use to-go plastics.

Submit your testimony now!  It only takes 2-3 minutes to provide the following info:

Testimony Link:
http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html?view=form

  • Name, Email, Address
  • Meeting date: 11/14/19
  • Committee: Public Safety & Welfare
  • Agenda Item: Bill 40
  • Your Position: Support
  • Representing: Organization (or self)
  • Written Testimony: explain why you want to get rid of single-use plastics and what alternative products you use. We recommend specifically saying that you support Councilmember Waters’ CD1 as it is the most comprehensive, detailed, and reasonable phase out version introduced so far.

If you would like to get a closer eye on the latest proposed draft, which addresses many of the local industries' concerns over imprecise language, check out this awesome summary page below. For some ideas about relevant talking points in addition to any personal stories you have to share, check out this great info page from our friends at Zero Waste Oʻahu.

Please let us know if you submitted your testimony in the comments or tag a restaurant that is single-use plastic-free!

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What is Banned and When (Waters’ CD1)

July 1, 2020

Upon Request:  Business may only provide service ware (1) when requested; (2) when the customer gives an affirmative response when asked; or (3) in a self-service area or dispenser

January 1, 2021

Plastic Service Ware:  stirrers, straws, baran (sushi grass), and utensils including forks, spoons, sporks, and knives, that contain plastic

Does Not Include / Automatically Exempted:

  • Items contained within or attached to packaging of food or beverages, such as disposable plastic straws pre-packaged and sold with beverage boxes, or disposable plastic utensils pre-packaged and sold with ice cream or salads
  • Straws for the identified medical facilities

Polystyrene foam food ware:  hot and cold beverage cups, cup lids, plates, bowls, bowl lids, "clamshells," trays, or other hinged or lidded containers, that are made of polystyrene foam and used for selling or providing food for consumption on or off the premises of a business

Does Not Include / Automatically Exempted: 

  • Polystyrene foam coolers manufactured for multiple re-use
  • Soup or noodle packaging filled/sealed before receipt by business
  • Packaging for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs

January 1, 2022

Plastic food ware:  hot and cold beverage cups, cup lids, plates, bowls, bowl lids, "clamshells," trays, or other hinged or lidded containers that contain plastic and are used for selling or providing food or beverage for consumption on or off the premises of a business

Does Not Include / Automatically Exempted: 

  • "Grab-and-go” foods or beverages (see definition below)
  • "Shelf stable" foods or beverages (see definition below)
  • Plastic condiment packets
  • Food-related bags or wrappers:  musubi wraps, plastic film, poi or chip bags, cracker or cookie wrappers, bread bags, or ice bags
  • Beverage-related bottles or cartons
  • Packaging for unprepared food
  • Packaging for prepared food, beverage or dairy products for wholesale distribution
  • Pre-packaged or pre-sealed items typically sold by a business

Relevant Definitions

"Business" means any commercial enterprise or establishment operating in the City and County of Honolulu, including an individual proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.

"Disposable" means designed for single-use then discarded, and not designed or manufactured to be washed and sanitized or to be used repeatedly over an extended period of time.

"Grab-and-go" means foods or beverages that are pre-packaged or pre-sealed in plastic food ware and intended for consumption within three days of preparation and are not shelf stable, including, but not limited to, pre-made sandwiches, desserts, pies, noodles, salads, parfaits, drinks, musubis and bentos.

"Plastic" means the same as defined in Section 9-9.1.

"Plastic food ware" means hot and cold beverage cups, cup lids, plates, bowls, bowl lids, "clamshells," trays, or other hinged or lidded containers that contain plastic and are used for selling or providing food or beverage for consumption on or off the premises of a business; but the term does not include disposable plastic condiment packets; food-related bags or wrappers, such as musubi wraps, plastic film, poi bags, chip bags, cracker and cookie wrappers, bread bags, or ice bags; beverage-related bottles or cartons; packaging for unprepared food; packaging for prepared food, beverage or dairy products for wholesale distribution; and pre-packaged or pre-sealed items typically sold by a business.

"Plastic service ware" means stirrers, straws, baran, and utensils including forks, spoons, sporks, and knives, that contain plastic; but the term does not include items contained within or attached to packaging of food or beverages, such as disposable plastic straws pre-packaged and sold with beverage boxes, or disposable plastic utensils pre-packaged and sold with ice cream or salads.

"Polystyrene foam" means blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams which are thermoplastic petrochemical materials utilizing a styrene monomer and processed by any number of techniques including, but not limited to, fusion of polymer spheres (expanded bead polystyrene) injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion-blow molding (extruded foam polystyrene).

"Polystyrene foam food ware" means hot and cold beverage cups, cup lids, plates, bowls, bowl lids, "clamshells," trays, egg cartons, or other hinged or lidded containers, that are made of polystyrene foam and used for selling or providing food for consumption on or off the premises of a business; but the term does not include polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use, and soup or noodles packaged with polystyrene foam that has been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the business.

"Shelf Stable" means food or beverage that is packaged with plastic food ware that can be safely stored at room temperature for a time period exceeding three days.

"Utensils" are disposable plastic implements intended to assist in the consumption of food or drink.

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