WAILUKU >> Restaurants in Maui County would have to pack food in eco-friendly containers free of plastic foam under a measure that could be approved early next year.
Councilmembers decided at their last meeting in December to move a measure forward that restricts the use and sale of plastic containers.
It also bans the products at county events and facilities.
Some businesses are supportive while others express concerns over the cost and quality of alternative containers.
Businesses can apply for hardship exemptions.
Maui News reported the council approved an amendment covering food packaged outside the county.
The change raised questions about potential violations to rules regarding interstate commerce.
Vice Chairman Don Guzman proposed the amendment and said it levels the playing field.
The proposed measure could go into effect by July 2018.