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Hawai’i Lawmakers Consider 10 Cent Bag Tax

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   January 31st, 2013 · 8 Disqus Comments ·
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Michael Molina introduced the Plastic Bag Ban in Maui County. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Michael Molina introduced the Plastic Bag Ban in Maui County. File photo by Wendy Osher.

* Published 10:09 a.m. Updated 11:39 a.m. to clarify bag types. *

By Wendy Osher

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require certain businesses to collect a 10-cent fee for each single use bag provided to customers upon checkout.

According to the bill, a “single-use checkout bag” would mean any type of one-use bag whether plastic or paper, recycled or non-recycled.

House Bill 357 would allow businesses to keep 10% of the fees to reimburse them for the cost of implementing the program. The remaining funds would go towards programs that mitigate the effects of the bags on the environment.

The majority of funds would be used for watershed protection and restoration, including the removal of invasive species as well as watershed acquisition.

If approved, businesses found in violation would be subject to a minimum fine of $1,000 per violation.

The House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection is scheduled to hear the bill today.

The proposed legislation comes on the heels of a plastic bag ban that went into effect in Maui County in January 2011, prohibiting businesses from providing plastic bags at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other goods.

The proposed state legislation aims to address environmental concerns while other counties in the state gear up for bans of their own.  Both Maui and Kauai currently have bans in place; the Big Island of Hawai’i began implementing a fee for bags this month, with a ban to be phased in next year; and Oahu’s ban is scheduled to take effect in 2015.

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  • Kava

    So, what is the 10-cents per bag for, plastic or paper bags? It is not stated clearly in the story……..

    • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

      Yes, 10 cents for any bag.

  • http://mauinow.com David Kvasnicka

    Thanks Kava. The following has been added to the story.

    ‘According to the bill, a “single-use bag” would mean any type of one-use
    checkout bag whether plastic or paper, recycled or non-recycled.’

  • Talk to the Hand

    COCONUT Head morons!

    • stand alone

      I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOUR “COCONUT HEAD” THE COCONUT HAS THE MEAT AND WATER IN IT THE LAW MAKERS DONT HAVE ANYTHING IN THEIR HEAD NOT EVEN A SPEC OF SAND ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

    Versions of this bill have failed 3 years in a row. Will this year be any different?

  • Joey

    Maui: Drug crimes beyond… robberies, rapes, stabbings, beatings… homeless beyond….???
    Nah, lets ban plastic bags, cig. butts., styrofoam containers, etc. Make the hard workers on Maui pay even more to survive…. All good kay!

  • STAND ALONE

    THE LAW MAKERS ARE GETTING TO BE A CHILDEST LAW MAKERS THAT THEY WANT MAKE ALL THIS KIND OF STUPID LAWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAND THIS BAND THAT !!!! WHAT THE $#!@ YOU GUYS THINKING!!!!!! THIS IS MY INPUT TO ALL YOU LAW MAKERS!! WHY DONT YOU LOWER YOUR PAY WAGE TO MINNIMUM WAGE AND YOU PAY THESE STUPID TAXES THAT YOU ARE PUTTING ON THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII!!!!!!!!1 OR BETTER YET FOR EVERY TAX PENNY YOU TAX MAKERS WANT TO RAISE……. YOU LAW MAKERS PAY TEN DOLLORS ……. WHY NOT!! SEEMS LIKE YOU LAW MAKERS HAVE TOOOO MUCH MONEY!!!!!!!!!! STOP ACTING STUPID !!! AND STOP PISSING OFF THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII WITH YOUR CHILDEST MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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