Oahu to enforce plastic bag ban

Oahu to enforce plastic bag ban

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu is set to become the last county in Hawaii to ban plastic checkout bags.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports starting July 1, businesses won't be allowed to provide plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags at the time of customer checkout. The law was first approved by the Honolulu City Council three years ago, amended last year and then signed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The law is welcomed by those who see it as better for the environment. However, many merchants see an additional cost in store for customers.

Acceptable bags include compostable plastic bags, recyclable paper bags and reusable bags. Oahu businesses must decide how they plan to comply with the ordinance.

Maui and Kauai outlawed plastic bans about five years ago and Hawaii Island banned them in 2013.

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