Maui 'Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance' to take effect January

WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Paper or plastic? On Wednesday, the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management announced that businesses will no longer be allowed to dispense single-use plastic bags to customers at check-out counters.

It's all part of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance, which will go into effect come Jan. 11 of next year.

Businesses will be allowed to offer customers an assortment of paper bags, but recyclable paper bags and reuseable bags are preferred alternatives.

Back in August, the department held a series of meetings to collect input from the community. The department then drafted these rules and presented them at an official public hearing.

The rules will be presented to the Mayor for approval on Jan. 11, 2011. The rules will then be submitted to the County Clerk once approved, and will take effect 10 days later.

To view the administrative rules governing the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance, visit

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