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Big Island plastic-bag ban to begin

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:08 p.m. HST, Dec 30, 2013

HILO >> A ban on plastic bags is set to begin Jan. 17 at all Big Island grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers.

Consumers in the past year have been paying fees for plastic bags at checkout lines.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald says the fee was part of a plastic-bag reduction ordinance adopted in 2011 that gave businesses one year to eliminate plastic-bag inventories.

When the ban is in place, customers will be able to use reusable bags or paper bags.

Plastic bags will still be allowed for bulk items such as nuts, fish, meat, grains, fresh produce, garments and prescription medications.

When the ban becomes effective, Honolulu will be the only county in Hawaii without such a ban. A bag ban for Oahu is not going into effect until 2015.

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Ronin006 wrote:
When the ban is in place, customers will be able to use reusable bags or paper bags. Paper bags means more trees will be harvested to make the bags. What will environmentalists do to save the trees?
on December 30,2013 | 06:12PM
PMINZ wrote:
Yep More trees used to make the wasteful So called Re-Usable bags, also more Germs as after even ONE use the re_usable bags develop these germs. Plus We will still need Plastic bags (that we will need to purchase to put Garbage into our Condo Trash Chutes, Pick up Pet Droppings. Men dont really carry a purse like lots of women, so we can't carry a Bag with us 24 hours a day in case we want to pick up something on the way home. Those of us that do not Drive or even have a car, cant carry a pile of bags in case we want to Shop for Groceries. I remember the pre-Plastic bag Era, when Cold sodas or ice cream would dissolve the Paper Bags and fall to the Ground. PS most of the Plastic in the Mid Pacific came from the far East not the USA like the Bleeding Hearts want us to believe. I see "re-usable Bags floating around the landscape. No Improvement
on December 31,2013 | 08:05AM
Denominator wrote:
Plant more. Duh!
on December 31,2013 | 08:10AM
PMINZ wrote:
We currently can Not keep up with planting new trees now. The world is loosing trees faster that new ones grow. FACT
on December 31,2013 | 09:35AM
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