Hearing to ban foam food boxes set today
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.