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Maui County

Ordinance No. 3587 was signed into law on August 25th, 2008 and went into effect on January 11th, 2011. The ordinance bans the distribution of plastic bags at checkout. Businesses are only allowed to provide recyclable paper and reusable bags to their customers at checkout. The following are the definitions for recyclable paper and reusable bags:

  • Recyclable Paper Bag
    • Is 100% recyclable
    • Contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content
    • Displays the words “reusable” and “recyclable” on the paper bag
  • Reusable Bag
    • Bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse
    • Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric or is made of a durable material suitable for reuse (Plastic bags are considered reusable if the bags have handles and are at least 3 mils thick)

The following are exemptions to the ban:

  • Bags without handles, designed and used solely for protection of food products, property, or preventing contamination (ex. raw meat, poultry, seafood, and bakery packaging)
  • Bags without handles, designed and used solely for bulk food packaging
  • Bags designed and used solely for protecting garments
  • Bags used for dispensing prescription drugs

To learn more about the ordinance, visit the Maui County website at http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=1688. The link will take you to the full text of the ordinance.

The following are products that Island Plastic Bags can provide that comply with the ban:

  • Reusable Bags
    • Reusable T-Shirt Bags (3 mils thick)
    • Bamboo Bags
    • Eco-Fiber Bags

For more information about bags sold by Island Plastic Bags, Inc., contact us.

Kauai County

Ordinance No. 885 was signed into law on October 12th, 2009 and went into effect on January 11th, 2011. The ordinance bans the distribution of plastic bags at checkout. Businesses are only allowed to provide recyclable paper, biodegradable, and reusable bags to their customers at checkout. The following are the definitions for recyclable paper, biodegradable, and reusable bags:

  • Biodegradable Bag
    • Contains no polymers derived from fossil fuels
    • Intended for single use
    • Will decompose in a natural setting at a rate comparable to other biodegradable materials such as paper, leaves, and food waste
  • Recyclable Paper Bag
    • Contains no old growth fibers
    • Is 100% recyclable
    • Contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content
    • Displays the words “reusable” and “recyclable” on the paper bag
  • Reusable Bag
    • Bag with handles specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse
    • Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric and/or is made of a durable material at least 2.25 millimeters thick that is suitable for reuse

The following are exemptions to the ban:

  • Produce bags
  • Bulk food bags
  • Meat packaging bags

To learn more about the ordinance, click here for more information. The link will take you to the County of Kauai plastic bag reduction ordinance web page.

None of Island Plastic Bags’ products are allowed to be distributed to customers free of charge at the checkout counter under the ban.

Hawaii County

Ordinance No. 12-1 was signed into law on January 17th, 2012 and goes into effect on January 17th, 2013. The ordinance bans the distribution of plastic bags at checkout. Businesses are only allowed to provide paper and reusable bags to their customers at checkout. Reusable bag is defined in the ordinance as a bag with the following characteristics:

  • Specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use
  • Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric or made of paper specifically designed for multiple and long-term use

Plastic bags are considered reusable if they are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use and are at least 3 mils thick. The following are exemptions to the ban:

  • Bags without handles, designed and used solely for protection of food products, property, or preventing contamination (ex. raw meat, poultry, seafood, and bakery packaging)
  • Bags without handles, designed and used solely for bulk food packaging
  • Bags designed and used solely for protecting garments
  • Bags without handles designed and used for small retail items (ex. jewelry, buttons, beads, ribbons, nails, nuts, and screws)
  • Bags used for dispensing prescription drugs

The ordinance allows businesses to sell plastic bags to customers at checkout for one calendar year after the effective date of the ordinance. Neither the ordinance itself nor the administrative rules for the ordinance mandates a certain price for plastic bags sold to customers.

To learn more about the ordinance, click here for a copy of the ordinance. The link will take you to the full text of the ordinance. Click here to see the administrative rules for the ordinance.

The following are products that Island Plastic Bags can provide that comply with the ban:

  • Reusable Bags
  • Reusable T-Shirt Bags (3 mils thick)
  • Bamboo Bags
  • Eco-Fiber Bags

For more information about bags sold by Island Plastic Bags, Inc., contact us.

City and County of Honolulu

Ordinances No. 12-8, 14-29, and 17-37 ban the distribution of single use, plastic checkout bags on Oahu. Ordinance 17-37 goes into effect July 1, 2018. Ordinances No. 12-8 and 14-29 do allow businesses to distribute the following bags after the ban goes into effect:

  • Compostable bags (Banned by Ordinance 17-37 as of January 1, 2020)
  • Reusable bags (2.25 mil, plastic reusable bags are banned by Ordinance 17-37 as of January 1, 2020)
  • Recyclable paper bags (must contain 40% postconsumer content)

Compostable bags are defined as checkout bags that meet the current ASTM D6400 standard specification for compostability and are labeled with the following:

  • The Biodegradable Product Institute (“BPI”) logo; and
  • With “Compostable” on both sides of the bag in either green color lettering that is at least one inch in height or within a green color ban that is at least one inch in height in order to be readily and easily identifiable.

Reusable bags are defined as bags with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and are made of either cloth or other machine washable fabric or durable material suitable for reuse, including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick. Recyclable paper bags are defined as bags that are 100% recyclable, contain a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words “Reusable” and “Recyclable” on the paper bags

The following are exemptions to the ban:

  • Bags used by customers inside a business to package loose items, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, ground coffee, grains, candies, or small hardware items;
  • Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants, or other items to contain dampness;
  • Bags used to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods, including takeout bags used at restaurants, fast food restaurants, and lunch wagons, to transport prepared foods;
  • Bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription medications;
  • Newspaper bags for home newspaper delivery;
  • Door-hanger bags;
  • Laundry, dry cleaning, or garment bags, including bags provided by hotels to guests to contain wet or dirty clothing;
  • Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags;
  • Bags used to contain live animals, such as fish or insects sold in pet stores; and
  • Bags used to transport chemical pesticides, drain-cleaning chemicals, or other caustic chemicals sold at the retail level; provided that this exemption shall be limited to one bag per customer.

Takeout bags used at restaurants, fast food restaurants, and lunch wagons to transport prepared foods are also exempt from the ban. This means that restaurants, fast food restaurants, and lunch wagons may continue to distribute single use, plastic bags without penalty.

Ordinance 17-37 requires that businesses providing reusable bags, compostable plastic bags, or recyclable paper bags at the point of sale charge the customer a minimum of 15 cents per bag. The fee is then kept by the business. The fee will go into effect July 1, 2018.

To learn more about the ordinances, visit the Department of Environmental Services website at http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/archive/plastic_bag_ban.html.