Honolulu City Council passes plastic bag ban
Councilmembers voted 7-1 in favor of ban, Nestor Garcia sole nay vote
The Honolulu City Council passed a bill to ban all non-biodegradable plastic bags on Oahu during a council meeting in Kapolei Wednesday.
Nestor Garcia, councilman for Waipahu, Waikele, Mililani-town, Kunia and Wahiawa, was the only nay vote with Councilman Romy Cachola voting yay with reservation.
Bill 10 effectively prohibits businesses from providing plastic bags to their customers for sales of any merchandise, citing environmental concerns.
The bill still allows for biodegradable plastic and paper bags to be distributed.
The bill will take effect on July 1, 2015 to allow for the education of consumers and to allow businesses to go through their current inventory of bags.
Originally the bill was set to be a tax on plastic bag usage, but it was later determined that such a bill could be challenged in court because the City Council is only authorized to levy property taxes.
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