Kauai County (Hawaii) Plastic Bag Ban

KauaiKauai County voted in 2009 to institute a ban on plastic bags throughout the county.

By a vote of 4 to 2, the Council passed Bill No. 2322, Draft 2, Ordinance No. 885. It was approved by the Mayor and became law on October 12, 2009. The ordinance applies to all retail businesses in the county.

Retailers are not required to provide any alternative means for the customer to use to carry their purchases. However, they may provide alternatives as long as the alternative complies with the law. The County is promoting reusable or recyclable bags.

Kaua’i County’s Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance will take effect on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. The ban is designed to reduce the impact that plastic check-out bags have on the environment.

Complete details of the ban along with facts about plastic bags can be found at Kaua’i County’s website.