Honolulu City Council to vote on Bill 40 banning eliminate single-use plastics
Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to pass an even stricter ban on single-use products.
The bill would ban restaurants and businesses from giving out plastic utensils, straws, plastic or foam plates, cups and containers.
The latest version addresses the local food industry's concerns, adding exemptions for more items such as:
- Prepackaged items like musubi, bentos and tofu
- Packaging for raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs
- Packaging for grab-and-go items
- Plastic bags and wrappers for poi, crackers, cookies, chips, popcorn and bread
The food industry and environmental groups have been at odds over how strict the ban should be.
The Honolulu City Council meets at 10 a.m. to vote.