It may have been the last state to join the Union, but it’s now known for a new first. Hawaii is now the first state to enact a statewide plastic bag ban, and some have projected that other states could follow. While plastic bag bans have already been in place throughout most of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu has recently joined the others in eliminating non-recycle bags normally made available to consumers at checkouts and grocery counters. There are, however, some exceptions, which include bags for produce, meat, restaurant takeout, and other purposes. Those businesses that don’t comply with ban could face costly consequences.
“The City’s Department of Environmental Services will implement and enforce the island’s ban, and businesses that don’t comply are subject to hefty fines of $100 to $1,000 per day of violation. The ban is being enforced by Hawaii’s four separate County Councils. The plastic bag ban first hit the Hawaiian islands when Maui implemented a ban in 2011, quickly followed by Kauai in the same year, and Hawaii County in 2013.”
Since plastic bag bans have already been in place throughout much of the state, do you think it will have a significant impact on the plastic industry at this point? While many groups have already taken action to express their opposition to these bans and educate the public, how else should plastic manufacturers and suppliers respond to bans like this?