The plastic bag reduction bill, which prohibits businesses from providing plastic bags to customers at check-out counters, passed its second and third reading at the Maui County Council meeting on Aug. 22. The bill was passed unanimously at the meeting with no amendments made, and will come into effect on Jan. 11, 2011.
Councilmember Michael Molina introduced the bill in July because of the harmful effects plastic bags have on the environment. He said he is very pleased about the unanimous vote.
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“It is especially important here in Hawaii where we have a strong spiritual and emotional connection to the land and the water,” said Molina.
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He said 2011 date was set to let people adjust to the new concept and to provide retailers with enough time to exhaust their supply of plastic bags and think of a more environmentally-friendly alternative. The date also gives the Environmental Management committee time to come up with rules to enforce the new law.
The plastic bag reduction bill bans only plastic bags provided at check-out counters. It does not apply to plastic bags used for meat and vegetables, or garbage bags.