Hear­ing to ban foam food boxes set to­day

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

A bill propos­ing a ban on poly­styrene foam on Oahu is sched­uled for a hear­ing be­fore a Honolulu City Coun­cil com­mit­tee this af­ter­noon.

The Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Works, In­fra­struc­ture and Sus­tain­abil­ity is ex­pected to vote on Bill 71, in­tro­duced by Coun­cil­woman Kym­berly Pine, which pro­poses a ban on the use of poly­styrene foam con­tain­ers by food ven­dors as well as food pack­agers.

The bill, which amends an ex­ist­ing or­di­nance, passed first read­ing in early Septem­ber and is sim­i­lar to one that passed on Hawaii is­land that same month.

The bill calls for fines up to $250 for the first vi­o­la­tion within a one-year pe­riod, and up to $500 for sec­ond and sub­se­quent vi­o­la­tions in a one-year pe­riod. Ex­emp­tions are in place if com­pli­ance would cause un­due hard­ship.

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