Mayor Kirk Caldwell will sign the latest plastic bag bill into law Monday, phasing out thick reusable bags and closing a loophole many have expressed concern over.
“We are on an island and we’re surrounded by a body of water. It’s important to take care, be good stewards of our land, to be good stewards of how we use our resources because at the end of the day it’s for our future generations,” said author of the bill, Honolulu City Councilman Brandon Elefante.
The new law – to go into effect July 2018 – will charge customers 15 cents for each plastic bag.
The Honolulu City Council unanimously voted to pass Oahu’s new plastic bag ban last week, and the mayor’s signature will solidify the new law.
Retailers will now be prohibited from handing out thicker plastic bags.
The law also ensures that by 2020, all plastic bags will be banned except for ones used for produce and restaurant takeout.