Plastic Free Maui County

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The County of Maui Plastic Disposable Foodware Ordinance No. 5084 effective date has been extended to March 1, 2022. Please use this time to continue preparing your business for compliance. Please contact our office with questions or concerns.

Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban
Ordinance No. 5084

Effective March 1, 2022, plastic disposable foodware will be banned for use, sale, or provision in Maui County. The ban will affect Maui County food providers that serve food or beverages in plastic disposable foodware after it has been ordered, as well as businesses that sell these items for use. Businesses will provide non-plastic products that are safer for the environment.

The Maui County EP & S Division is helping businesses affected by Ordinance No. 5084 to prepare. A number of businesses, such as those experiencing COVID-19 related shipping and supply delays, may apply for a temporary exemption. Exemption applications are provided by request via email at

  1. Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division

    Recycle Hotline: (808) 270-7880 
    Moloka`i: (800) 272-0117 ext.7880 
    Lana`i: (800) 272-0125 ext.7880

Garbage Patch
Midway Atoll
Molokai Cleanup

County of Maui Legislation

What You Need to Know

  • Plastic disposable foodware shall not be sold, used, or provided by any "food provider," person, or business in Maui County, except by approved exemption.
  • Takeout food packaged after it has been ordered will be served in non-plastic containers.
  • Food that has been “pre-packaged” in plastic containers before purchase will be permissible, but is discouraged.
  • Utensils and straws must be non-plastic and will be provided by request only.
  • Refer to Ordinance No. 5084 or Administrative Rules for details
  • Ord. No. 5084 Webinar - Chamber of Commerce Hawai'i - September 28, 2021


  • Application for Exemption
         Businesses may apply for temporary exemptions due to:
         Exemption C: No Reasonable Alternatives available, and/or Shipping/Supply Delays.
         Exemption D: Financial Hardship

    Applications must be approved by the Director of Environmental Management and may take
    up to 12 weeks for evaluations.

    To request an Application for Exemption, please email
  • Umbrella Exemption Policy for Wholesale Distributors

Better Choices Enhance the Health of Our Environment, Our Economy, and Ourselves

  • Reducing the use of plastic foodware protects marine and avian communities from harmful ingestion.
  • Reducing the use of plastic foodware protects people from ingesting micro-plastic through the food chain.
  • Reducing the use of plastic foodware helps mitigate our carbon footprint by lessening the need for fossil-fuels as a source material.
  • The production and degradation of single-use plastics contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Yale Climate Connections: How plastics contribute to climate change

An Important Step Toward a Circular Economy and Achieving Zero Waste in Hawaiʻi

BYO – Bring Your Own!     Reusable Foodware Kit

  • Choose to bring your own forks, spoons, knives, straws, cups, mugs, flasks, napkins, chopsticks, etc. whenever you can.
  • Plastic Alternatives include: stainless steel, glass, ceramics, cloth, wood products (e.g., bamboo, paper, koa, kou). 
  • Reuse is an important component of zero waste.
  • Oregon State University: Reusables Guide

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