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Plastic Free Maui County
Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban
Ordinance No. 5084
Effective January 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.
County of Maui Legislation
- County of Maui Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban Ordinance No. 5084
- Draft Administrative Rules Relating to Plastic Disposable Foodware
- Notice of Public Hearing
What You Need to Know - Beginning January 1, 2022:
- 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.
- Disposable foam coolers will no longer be allowed.
- Refer to Ordinance No. 5084 or Administrative Rules for details
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
- As an island community, it’s important to reduce the use of plastic in order to protect our shorelines, oceans, and watersheds.
- Reducing the use of plastic foodware supports and fosters shifts toward a circular economy.
- Reducing the use of plastic foodware puts our community on a path to zero waste.
BYO – Bring Your Own!
- 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
Media and Press
- Maui News Feb. 2020: Single-use plastics eyed for next Maui County ban: Proposal mulled in council committee
- Maui News April 2020: Near ban on plastic disposable utensils OK’d: Measure, which takes effect January 1, 2022, sent to mayor for signature
- Hawaiʻi Public Radio April 2020: Maui County Council Approves Plastic Disposable Utensils Ban
- Surfrider Foundation June 2020: Island of Maui Bans Single-Use Plastic Foodware
- Pacific Whale Foundation: The Last Straw
Videos: * Viewer Discretion Advised
- The Leatherback Trust. Plastic Straw Removed From Sea Turtle's Nostril.
- (2:23). Published: 08/12/2015
- The Leatherback Trust. Plastic Fork Removed From Sea Turtle's Nose.
- (1:33). Published: 12/07/2015
- Guardian News. Dead whale with 1,000 plastic pieces in stomach found in Indonesia.
- (0:48). Published: 11/20/18
- Vox. Takeout Creates a lot of Trash. It Doesn't Have To.
- (7:02). Published: 01/03/18
- Plastic Soup Foundation. Sharon Lerner on power of plastics industry via lobbying & greenwashing: Plastic Health Summit 2019
- (8:15). Published: 10/11/2019
- PBS Newshour Special. The Plastic Problem.
- (54:08). First Aired: 11/27/19
- PBS Frontline. Plastic Wars.
- (54:22). First Aired: 03/31/20
- PBS Newshour. Pandemic pollution: Disposable masks are hurting the earth.
- (8:01). First Aired: 04/22/21