Late in 2009, the Council of the County of Kaua'i declared that to preserve the health, safety, welfare and scenic beauty of Kaua'i, the distribution of plastic bags should be regulated and prohibited. The Kaua'i County Council voted to enact a plastic bag ban ordinance.
Home to three National Wildlife Refuges, Kaua'i County encompasses four islands in Hawaii. The county has a population of just over 58,000 residents.
By a vote of 4 to 2, the Council passed Bill No. 2322, Draft 2, Ordinance No. 885. It was approved by the Mayor and became law on October 12, 2009. The ordinance applies to all retail businesses in the county.
Retailers are not required to provide any alternative means for the customer to use to carry their purchases. However, they may provide alternatives as long as the alternative complies with the law. The County is promoting reusable or recyclable bags.
Kaua'i County's Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance will take effect on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. The ban is designed to reduce the impact that plastic check-out bags have on the environment.
Complete details of the ban along with facts about plastic bags can be found at Kaua'i County's website.