Hawaii News Digest, 21 September 2017, 1455 UTC, Post #15630.
Reporter: Nancy Cook Lauer (West Hawaii Today).
Accessed on 21 September 2017, 1455 UTC.
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On Wednesday, 20 September 2017, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said he will sign a ban on foam food containers that passed the Hawaii County Council by a vote of 7-2.
Bill 13 takes effect on 01 July 2019, with an educational program beginning in January 2018. The bill makes Hawaii County the second county in the state to ban the popular plate lunch containers. Maui approved a similar bill that takes effect in 2018.
Supporters of Bill 13 said the measure would reduce litter and keep plastic pollution out of island waters.
Opponents of the bill claimed the ban would mean higher food prices for customers.
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