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Disposable Food Ware Ordinance

January 04, 2021




A scroll signed by thousands of students was presented to the City Council in December 2019 which asked the City Council to consider their future and pass Bill 40.

On December 10th, the City and County of Honolulu announced a 90-day “Education Period” for the Disposable Food Ware Ordinance (Ordinance 19-30, previously known as Bill 40). This Education Period moves the implementation of the law from January 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021. In response to this delay, Surfrider Foundation, Zero Waste Oʻahu & Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation issued a statement addressing the importance of this law and encouraging businesses to move forward with the implementation of this ordinance. Read the full statement here. The passage of this historic law is the result of over a decade of education, awareness, and organizing from a wide coalition of community members, including youth, restaurants, small businesses, and nonprofits. The bill passed with sweeping public support and a 7-2 vote by the Honolulu City Council in December of 2019. Ordinance 19-30 stands as one of the most ambitious and impactful pieces of policy in the nation addressing the many impacts of plastic pollution. We look forward to working with the incoming Blangiardi administration to ensure the swift and effective rollout of this ordinance, with no more delays! 

On January 15, 2021 a final public hearing will be held to finalize the administrative rules used to enforce this law, and determine what kinds of exemptions will be approved. To prevent industry lobbyists from pushing for a 2 year exemption for ALL affected businesses, we are asking the community to show their support at this hearing by allowing for only single-product exemptions, not blanket industry exemptions for years. We want the administration to hear how many of us support this law going into effect starting April 1, 2021, and that hundreds of businesses are already complying and still operating. We cannot allow industry lobbyists to use the pandemic as a justification to undue this hard fought victory and progress for Oʻahu. 

How to Support Ordinance 19-30: