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Ask the Mayor: Why Do Some Stores Use Single-Use Plastic Bags?

January 7, 2018, 12:01 PM HST
* Updated January 7, 10:53 AM
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Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his staff.

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at AskTh[email protected], (808) 270-7855 or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.

Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.Mayor Arakawa,

Q: How come some stores are still permitted to use single-use plastic bags?

A: The bags that these stores use at their checkout are allowed according to the County Ordinance and Administrative Rules. (17-105-6).


The administrative rules allow bags that are made from plastic that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse—they have handles and are at least 3.0 mils thick. The bag must say “Reusable Bag” on it. Bags must meet all standards according to the administrative rules.

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