Businesses prepare for Oahu's plastic bag ban in effect July 1

Published: Jun. 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 25, 2015 at 10:11 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With less than a week to go until Oahu's plastic bag ban goes into effect on July 1, 2015, grocers and retailers across the island are reminding shoppers that they are ready to help them make the switch over from non-recyclable plastic “check-out” bags to either reusable bags or recyclable plastic or paper bags.

Hawaii's largest locally-owned supermarket, Foodland Super Market, Ltd., is rewarding customers with a new incentive campaign. Those who use reusable bags can get a 5-cent bag credit or three HawaiianMiles for every bag used at checkout, every time they shop.

According to a company press release,  “Customers at checkout will be asked to 'pledge to go reusable'  beginning July 1. Then for the next five weeks through August 4, customers will be automatically entered to win weekly prizes and a grand prize every time they use their reusable bags.”

Customers who shop with reusable bags and choose the 5-cent bag credit per bag at checkout will be automatically entered to win the weekly prize of 500 Maika'i Points and grand prize of a $500 Foodland gift card.

Customers who shop with reusable bags and choose the three HawaiianMiles per bag at checkout will be automatically entered to win the weekly prize of 500 HawaiianMiles and grand prize of a $500 Hawaiian Airline gift card.

Sweepstakes run July 1 through August 4, and customers must first "pledge to go reusable" to be entered. 
If customers forget their bags in their cars, Foodland stores will offer a new "cart-to-car" carryout service and will still get "bag credits or HawaiianMiles" if shoppers allow the store's courtesy clerk to help them out to their car with their unbagged groceries. The courtesy clerk will then bag the groceries into bags that were forgotten in the car, or place the groceries directly into the car, according to the release.

Foodland officials say if customers don't have any reusable bags and don't want to buy one, they can request a paper bag that will be available, free of charge, but no bag credit or HawaiianMiles will be given.

Officials are incentivizing using reusable bags (or no bag) with rewards over using a paper bag.
For more information on the plastic ban ordinance, click here
Here's a quick list of what's acceptable:

  • plastic "checkout" bags
  • non-recyclable "plastic" bags


  • reusable bags
  • compostable plastic bags
  • (identified by compostable logo)
  • recyclable "paper" bags


  • Small plastic bags
  • (veggies/fruits, nuts, candy, hardware)
  • Frozen food bags: flowers, meat, plants
  • Bags for prepared foods: take-out, fast food, bakery goods
  • Newspaper bags
  • Pharmacy bags
  • Door hanger bag
  • Laundry
  • Multiple pkg: Garbage, pet, yard
  • Pet store bags for live animals: fish, insects
  • Pesticide/Chemical bags

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