Testimony needed in OPPOSITION to plastic bag bill

next hearing to be announced

Bill 59 CD1 will allow businesses to provide ANY plastic checkout bags to customers as long as they charge at least 10 cents. This will weaken the already weak plastic bag law on O`ahu and do nothing to stop plastic bags getting into the environment. Wal Mart, Don Quijote, ABC stores and other stores already charge 10 cents or more for plastic bags and they are found on beaches, roadways, parks and the ocean. B.E.A.C.H. supports a complete ban on all plastic checkout bags no matter how thick and does not support allowing plastic bags and charging.

Bill 59 CD1 does not close the loopholes in the plastic bag ban:
- plastic checkout bags disguised as "reusable" bags when they are just the same type of plastic bag, just thicker.
- plastic bags for food and drink
- compostable bags
- all other bags

Please come to the meeting and speak and/or send in written testimony against Bill 59 CD1 and for strengthening the existing bill (Bill 59) to ban all plastic bags no matter how thick.

Information about the bill

Online testimony submission form.

Persons wishing to testify are requested to register by 1:00 p.m. as follows:
a. On-Line at;
b. By faxing to 768-3827 your name, phone number and the agenda item;
c. By filling out the registration form in person; or
d. By calling 768-3815.
Persons who have not registered to testify will be given an opportunity to speak on an item following oral testimonies of the registered speakers. Each speaker is limited to a one-minute presentation.

Written testimony may be faxed to 768-3827 or transmitted via internet at; for distribution at the meeting.
If submitted, written testimonies, including the testifier’s address, e-mail address, and phone number, may be posted by the City Clerk and available to the public on the City’s DocuShare Website.

Thick plastic City Mill bag, Alan Davis/Sandy Beach 17th March, 2017 Don Quijote 10 cent bag (thick plastic) bag in bin near store, 18th March. 2017 10 cent thick plastic bags, Don Quijote, 28th August, 2015 Thick plastic Walmart bag, Bellows Beach, Waimanalo, 19th September, 2015

Thick plastic 10 cent bags, Walmart, 18th March, 2017 10 cent thick plastic bags, Don Quijote, 18th March, 2017 10 cent thick plastic bags, Walmart, 10th May, 2016

10 cent thick plastic bags, Walmart store, 18th March, 2017 10 cent thick plastic bags, Don Quijote, 18th March, 2017 10 cent thick plastic bags, Walmart store, 18th March, 2017

Walmart 10 cent thick plastic bag, Emmeline Place, Likelike Highway, Kalihi, 1st July, 2016 Walmart 10 cent thick plastic bag, Ala Moana Beach Park, 7th August, 2016 Longs thick plastic bag, Park on Hanepepe Loop, Hawai`i kai, 4th September, 2015

Walmart 10 cent thick plastic bags, Emmeline Place, Likelike Highway, Kalihi, 4th May, 2016 Times thick plastic bag, Makai Research Pier, 27th October, 2016 Walmart thick plastic bags, Ala Moana Beach Park, 5th August, 2015 Longs thick plastic bag, Waimanalo, 17th March, 2017

Walmart "reusable" bags 4 days after the plastic bag ban became effective on July 1, 2015
The Honolulu County plastic bag ordinance went into effect on Wednesday 1st July, 2015.  The law exempts the following plastic bags: compostable plastic bags, 2.25 mil thick plastic bags, plastic bags used for fruit and vegetables, plastic bags used for prepared foods (take-out foods, deli foods, bakery goods etc.).  Click on the link for a list of all exemptions:
Bill 38

B.E.A.C.H. has been speaking out about the loopholes in this law and the need to fix them to State and County lawmakers over the past 3 years.  We did manage to close one of the loopholes (with Bill 38) and get "biodegradable" plastic bags banned but other loopholes from Bill 10 (the original bill that B.E.A.C.H. was not involved in) remain.

Links to HPR radio interviews with B.E.A.C.H. Co-Founder, Suzanne Frazer: 
Bill 38 Plastic Bag Ban Loopholes and Background
Is Oahu's Plastic Bag Ban Working?

Other links:

"Honolulu's Poorly Written Plastic Bag Ban Still Allows Plastic Bags",, July 10, 2015

Honolulu Star Advertiser did an editorial about Bill 59 on 30th Sept. titled:  "Go 'all in' for plastic bag ban"

"Hawai`i Just Became the First State to Ban Plastic Bags",, July 1st, 2015

"Loophole undermines Hawai`i's Historic Plastic Bag Ban",, July 10th, 2015

Here's a cartoon: "Plastic Bag Ban Full of Holes",, July 15, 2015

"Hawaii First State to Ban Plastic Bags at Checkout",, May 16, 2012
article claiming that it is a statewide ban (it's 2 environmental groups here promoting this false idea)

click on photos to enlarge
Times bag, H-1 on ramp, November 27, 2015 Longs bags, Ala Moana Beach, July 5, 2015 ABC bag, Ala Wai Small Boat Harbour, August 20, 2016 Walmart bag, Haubush, Ewa Beach, December 24, 2015

Walmart bag, Kapaa road, Kailua, October 1, 2016 Longs bag, Kokokahi YWCA dumpster, Kaneohe, November 11, 2015 Don Quiote bag, Ala Moana Beach, July 5, 2015


Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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