|Testimony needed supporting banning plastic bags
Council meeting 10am Wed. 12th July, 2017, Honolulu Hale
This is the final meeting on this bill
Strong support is needed to pass Honolulu City Council Bill 59 (2016) FD1 CD3. This version of the bill will ban thick plastic bags and compostable bags on 1st January, 2020. These steps will help protect Hawai`i's marine life because if plastic bags are not being used then they can't blow into the ocean and get ingested by sea turtles and other marine life.
Please help protect sea turtles and other marine life by SUPPORTING BILL 59 (2016) FD1 CD3. Bill 59 is in the final hearing at the Honolulu City Council on Wed. 12th July, 2017 at 10am. PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING AND TESTIFY.
Also please call or email your council member before the meeting and let them know that you live in their district and support banning all plastic checkout bags.
To do online testimony click this link: Online testimony submission form.
Testimony can only be submitted after June 1st when the agenda goes online and please do it by 10am June 6th.
Instructions for filling in online form to SUPPORT Bill 59 FD1 CD3:
Meeting date - 12th July, 2017
Council/PH committee - select "Council"
Agenda item - "Bill 59 (2016) FD1 CD3
Position: select "SUPPORT"
Representing - select "Self" (unless you are a business owner or director of an organization, in which case put your organization name and not B.E.A.C.H.)
Include in written testimony:
- where you live (ie. Kailua, Kaka`ako etc.)
- let the Council know why you support or oppose the bills.
- the most important point to make is that all plastic checkout bags need to be banned on O`ahu and that you don't agree with putting fees on plastic bags and not banning them.
Thank you for taking action! Please ask all your friends and family to help too - make phone calls, write letters to the editor, send in testimony, and most importantly, COME TO THE HEARING. It's really important to have as many people as possible come to the hearing and tell the Council in person that you support banning plastic checkout bags.
If you live on Kaua`i, Maui or Hawai`i islands or elsewhere there is a plastic bag ban, please send testimony letting the Council know how well the ban is working there and the positive effect it has had on the environment.
If you are a business owner, please do testimony on your letterhead. Thank you for helping.
Information about Bill 59
(Honolulu City Council website with bill versions, agendas, minutes and all the testimony)
(Full Council meeting 12th July, 2017. The plastic bag Bill 59 is on page 15)
Oahu's Plastic Bag Ban
Hawaii Public Radio's Town Square radio show, 1st June, 2017
10 cent fee will increase plastic bag problem
Honolulu Star Advertiser, 9th May, 2017.
What does CD and FD mean? The CD means "committee draft" (as the bill got changed in committee) and the FD means "floor draft" meaning that another version of the bill was introduced on the floor at the full council meeting.
|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|
"Honolulu's Poorly Written Plastic Bag Ban Still Allows Plastic Bags", breitbart.com, 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", huffingtonpost.com, July 1st, 2015
"Loophole undermines Hawai`i's Historic Plastic Bag Ban", huffingtonpost.com, July 10th, 2015
Here's a cartoon: "Plastic Bag Ban Full of Holes", pritchettcartoons.com, July 15, 2015
"Hawaii First State to Ban Plastic Bags at Checkout", usnews.nbcnews.com, May 16, 2012
article claiming that it is a statewide ban (it's 2 environmental groups here promoting this false idea)
|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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