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What happened to Bill 40? Why are we still seeing disposable foodware?

January 12, 2021


Images from 2019 Bill 40 Rally & Bill Signing

We need your help! On December 10, 2020, Mayor Caldwell put into effect a 90-day “Education Period” for Disposable Food Ware Ordinance 19-30 (formerly Bill 40 - one of the most comprehensive bans on food service single-use plastics) set to take effect on January 1, 2021, now beginning April 1, 2021. (Learn more about Ordinance 19-30 here.) We need your support now more than ever to assure Ordinance 19-30 comes to its full and timely fruition, without further hindrance. 

  • On January 15, a final public hearing will be held to finalize the administrative rules used to enforce Ordinance 19-30 and determine what kinds of exemptions will be approved. 
  • To prevent industry lobbyists from pushing for a 2 year exemption for ALL affected businesses, we are asking the community to show their support at this hearing by allowing for only single-product exemptions, not blanket industry exemptions for years:


Please refer to the Statement in Response to Food Service Plastics Ban Delay & How To Support Ordinance 19-30 written by Kōkua Hawai'i Foundation, Surfrider Foundation & Zero Waste O'ahu for more detailed information.