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Local Plastic Free Policy Updates

January 04, 2017

Across the State of Hawaiʻi, there is exciting momentum around reducing plastic through policy! 

One Step Closer to a Maui Foam Ban!
On Friday, December 16, the Maui County Council voted 8-0 YES in favor of a bill to outlaw single-use polystyrene food containers. We are beyond excited and can't wait for Maui County to be the first county in Hawaiʻi to embrace a “foam free future”. HOWEVER, we still have one more step to go. The Council will vote on the bill during the bill's 2nd reading in early January.

Please sign this petition in support of Maui’s Foam Ban, and click here for the article on the 12/16 hearing. You can also check out this HPR interview of various community leaders on the Maui Polystyrene Ban, which features our Waste Reduction Coordinator Jennifer Milholen. 

Big Island Passes a Resolution for Increased Water Refill Stations:
Big Island County Council passed a resolution supporting the installation of more water refill stations to reduce use of single-use plastic water bottles. This resolution is directed towards the Department of Parks and Recreation for the county!