Plastic-bag ban up for vote on Kauai ...

Plastic-bag ban up for vote on Kauai - Hawaii Business

There are 13 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 23, 2009, titled Plastic-bag ban up for vote on Kauai - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Kauai County is poised to ban plastic carryout bags, with a County Council vote scheduled this afternoon.

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Wahiawa, HI

#1 Sep 23, 2009
Ban developers that are turning Kauai into one big gated development for the rich.
The Bagman Cometh

Holualoa, HI

#2 Sep 23, 2009
It's put up or shutup time for the Kaua'i County Council. Will they get anything done?

United States

#3 Sep 23, 2009

The above is an informative site that provides Seattle bag tax information to the public in one place. It was designed to serve as a resource hub that enables individuals to develop a well-informed judgment on a plastic bag tax or ban.

Please visit and send the link to others interested in this issue. We’d also like to hear your thoughts which can be emailed to [email protected] and hope you take a few minutes to complete the survey located at the bottom of the navigation menu.

***If you are concerned about plastic bags, here are some things you can do to limit your personal consumption of them ***

REDUCE: Plastic bags have sturdy handles and can be made strong enough to hold up to 25 to 44 lbs. of goods. Plastic bags are also waterproof (helpful in Washington weather). The plastics industry has successfully reduced the amount of waste generated from packaging consumer products and plastic milk jugs weigh 30% less than what they did 20 years ago.

REUSE: More than 80% of consumers reported that they save and reuse plastic bags. Common uses for resuing plastic bags include pet pickup, storage, trash bin liners, transport, lunch bags, protecting valuables from water, diaper disposal, moving, yard waste, holding recyclables, and donation to charities, schools, hospitals, food banks.

RECYCLE: Plastic recycling is beneficial because it decreases the amount of used plastics that end up in landfills and allows for fewer natural resourced being used to produce new plastic. Currently, the recovery of plastic recycling has been small (due to their light weight) but growing; 1.4 million tons or 3.9% of the plastics produced in 2003. In 2005, 1.65 million tons, or 5.7% of the 28.9 million tons of plastic generated was recovered. Recycling plastic bags has been available at most supermarkets since 1992 and there is a growing market for recycled plastic that did not exist a decade ago as recyclers make 15-20 cents per pound of collected bags.
About time

Kapolei, HI

#4 Sep 23, 2009
This is great news, and I hope the Honolulu City Council follows Maui's and Kauai's example soon.
Bag depost

Honolulu, HI

#5 Sep 23, 2009
This is the most important thing in a long time that the Kauai County Council has had to deal with so I hope they make right decision.

What are all those people who walk their dogs going to use to pick up the dog poop, if the ban plastic bags?

Of course, may be the Kauai County Council could make this a money maker and make it like the bottle deposit and fees. Charge 6-cents per plastic bag. Then all the homeless and unemployed on Kauai will be digging up the bags and bottles in the rubbish can so that they can buy food.

Honolulu, HI

#6 Sep 23, 2009
Great, leave all the dog turd on the ground Kauai.
Uku pila kaka is what you are and will be full of.
BTW, are you also going to include in the ban the plastic bags used in the kitchen and garbage?
(1 gal, 5 gal)
Probably not yeah. Just pick on the grocery plastic bags. Typical stupid Kauai mentality..
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Honolulu, HI

#7 Sep 23, 2009
Dont expect the Honolulu City Council to follow suit. They are utterly useless as far as anything that will help our island.
A Fish Out of H2O


#8 Sep 23, 2009
Ban the bag!!!!!!!!

Honolulu, HI

#9 Sep 23, 2009
Of course there going to pass it. Notice how the bill allows stores to pass along the cost to the consumer. In other words more tax dollars for the county. Yes i'm crazy for thinking it's tax dollar motivated, but conservatively HI-5 to date has generated $8,000,000 in taxes not deposits, fees, unclaimed deposits, or interest. Due to excise tax on the deposit and fee. All from a small fraction of pennies.
A Fish Out of H2O


#10 Sep 24, 2009
Save our seas!!!!!!!!

Honolulu, HI

#11 Sep 24, 2009
Kauai residents can now use paper bags.......over their head!

Lihue, HI

#12 Dec 16, 2009
What about plastic water bottles? Just like the need to use reusable bags at the grocery store, we need to use reusable containers for our water consumption.

Honolulu, HI

#13 Dec 16, 2009
Elijah wrote:
What about plastic water bottles? Just like the need to use reusable bags at the grocery store, we need to use reusable containers for our water consumption.
Why stop there babooze. Kauai should ban all products that are in plastic bags, bottles, containers of any kind. All soft drinks, ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings, arare, Jade seeds, frozen veggies and fruits, frozen seafood/meats/pork/chicken, anything packaged in plastic should be banned, right Kauai.
Sounds good to us on Oahu. hehehehe.

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