Oahu’s plastic bag ban goes into effect on July 1, 2015, when consumers will have to switch over from non-recyclable plastic checkout bags to either reusable bags or recyclable plastic or paper bags. Below is what’s banned and acceptable according to the Department of Environmental Services website opala.org. They describe a plastic checkout bag as a bag provided by a business to transport goods, which is made from non-compostable plastic and isn’t designed for multiple uses. Sometimes positive change has to be forced by the government and this is one of those instances.
Banned Plastic Bags
Plastic Checkout Bag means a carryout bag that is provided by a business to a customer for the purpose of transporting groceries or other retail goods, and is made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use.
Per this definition, the following types of bags are excluded from the ban.
(A) Bags used by customers inside a business to package loose items such as fruits.
(B) Bags used to wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, or other items to contain dampness.
(C) Bags used to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods, including takeout bags used at restaurants, fast food restaurants, and lunch wagons, to transport prepared foods.
(D) Bags provided by pharmacists for prescription medications.
(E) Newspaper bags for home newspaper delivery.
(F) Door-hanger bags.
(G) Laundry, dry cleaning, or garment bags.
(H) Bags sold in packages for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags.
(I) Bags used to sell live animals, such as fish or insects sold in pet stores.
(J) “Bags used to transport chemical pesticides, drain-cleaning chemicals, or other caustic chemicals sold at the retail level; provided that this exemption shall be limited to one bag per customer.”
(K) Compostable plastic bags.
Acceptable Bags At Checkout
Recyclable Paper Bag which is 100% recyclable, contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays the words “Reusable” and “Recyclable” on the outside of the bags.
Reusable Bag – we hope all of you know what a reusable bag is, it’s usually made of fabric and if they’re plastic, they have to be at least 2.25 mils thick.
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